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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Will Your Plaque Hang In The Rec Sports Hall Of Fame?

Wednesdays are usually devoted to Webday Lists, but as I was driving this morning an interesting topic rushed through my head as I was listening to Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio.

Mike and Mike were rehashing a conversation they had during their first year of broadcasting together where Golic said he would rather visit the Toy Hall of Fame than read Catcher In The Rye. Greeney took the other side of the coin.

Toy Hall of Fame… interesting. If there can be a Toy Hall of Fame, why can’t there be a Rec Sports Hall of Fame. And if there were a Rec Sports Hall of Fame, would you be enshrined?

That is certainly a weighted question and makes you think about your amateur sports “career.” Did you do enough in any sport, or in a combination of sports, to warrant a plaque in the most sacred sanctuary of Rec Athletes?

In most sports acceptance into the respective Hall is a lot easier to quantify. How many home runs or wins did the player have? How many goals, touchdowns or baskets did they score? Did they steal enough bases or balls? Did they throw enough touchdowns, make enough free throws or throw enough strikes?

In rec sports, the answer isn’t so apparent. Generally in rec sports you know how many points you may have scored on a given day or how many balls you hit over the fence in that double-header, but usually those stats aren’t kept anywhere permanently, and are mostly forgotten by the time the next season rolls around.

So in order to figure out if you are Hall worthy, you must qualify your body of work. Did you manage a team of miscreants and uncoordinated buffoons to the league championship? Did you hit the game winning shot to seal the championship? (People remember those types of things.) Did you harass some of your lazier friends to get off the couch and play outdoors, prompting them to lose weight?

If you were to poll your teammates as to who the best player on your team is, or the most influential, would they unanimously say that it was you?

So while pro sports have their statistics to help the sportswriters and “experts” select their very best, rec athletes don’t have that luxury or need.

What rec athletes have is the ability to look outside the stats to pick their ultra elite.

Are you Hall worthy?

Keep sporting!
- Who’s In First

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