I am a huge New England Patriots/Tom Brady fan. Most of the time, they are a class act and they typically lose or win with dignity.
Yesterday, I was forced to cheer for another great, Peyton Manning. It was painful, but at the end of the day, the Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman was too big of a Jack Ass for me to swallow, even if Russell Wilson is a nice guy. Plus, Spike Lee was wearing a Sherman jersey, so that made it easy.
I woke up and read this short Yahoo Sports Column on Peyton after the Superbowl Loss:
Manning’s head turned and looked Lopez in the eye. These were the opposite ends of the NFL food chain – megastar multimillionaire and a guy hawking Bud Lights in the stands. The wave of the crowd was pushing Manning forward, but he locked in on Lopez.
I am now a big fan of Peyton Manning, because he knows how to lose with dignity. So, no longer will I be cheering against him, unless he is playing New England.
Congrats to the Seahawks and their fans.
Alright, so what does this have to do with Hunting?
Over the past decade, I have seen the hunting industry somewhat decay, at least in my opinion. I keep track of how many people wave at me when I am hunting on Public Land. The positive responses, keep getting lower and lower. I am down to a 40% return on waves and smiles are at 28%. It’s actually kind of silly, especially when you consider NOBODY is going to kill a big animal and get rich from it.
I am not saying I am perfect, but we have to bring back the term ‘SPORTSMANSHIP’ in hunting. We have to quit acting like we are going to become rich and famous because we kill a giant animal.
The question I pose for everyone:
Do you act like Richard Sherman or Peyton Manning, when you’re in the field?
I hope we can go back to a day, where we play with class. We compete, but we play with class.
Pro-Staff Reality: The Hunting Industry is full of a lot of smoke and mirrors. Only a few top TV shows are making money and many of the so-called sponsorship deals are not like Peyton Manning’s endorsement deals. 99.9% hunting industry sponsorship deals are just product gifts & there are very few people actually getting paid to be on a pro-staff.