I’m a Big Ol’ Hypocrite

Earlier today I heard about this story. It explains how a football little league in Texas will no longer give out participant trophies. Only the winners will get trophies.

It’s about time! Why should kids get a trophy for simply participating? Is that how life is? Simply show and get a prize? I don’t think so. Trophies are earned. They’re earned by triumphing over our opponents, by outlasting, outplaying, and outsmarting each and every team we come up against. Only the victors deserve a trophy, not the losers!

What’s that, you say? Oh, this big ol’ finisher medal around my neck. Did I win? Well, no, but I finished, you know, I participated.

I’ve got a number of medals in my bag, and not one of them was earned in the sense I stood on the podium, but dog gone it if I didn’t accept them anyways. What’s that say about me?

This medal I’m wearing below from the KC Marathon is the most impressive medal I’ve received yet. It actually has some heft to it. I came in about the middle of the pack at that race. I’d like to think they gave one that weighs a little bit less to the guy who came in last.


About The Pretend Triathlete

Just a 46 year old trying to stay in shape. Not pro-athlete in shape, just 46 year old guy with a family and a house and a job in shape. Signing up for races is the best way I've found to do that. I blog about things that happen to me and things I observe while training and racing. Let's do this!
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3 Responses to I’m a Big Ol’ Hypocrite

  1. sumpteretc says:

    I think there’s a difference here. Finishing a marathon or triathlon is an accomplishment in and of itself. You didn’t win, but you did finish. Showing up for every Pop Warner football game isn’t really in the same category.

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