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Private Basketball League Bans 12 y/o Girl Phenom… Good Grief

What has the world come to? The first question that comes to mind is that if this was a boy, would he be banned because of some rule that was obviously not enforced until some parent complained about their kids loosing? So much for playing for fun and learning good sportsmanship. Is our society so obsessed with winning that all we want to teach our kids is that winning is the only way? Do you know how many shots Micheal Jordan missed or what seed he was coming out of college? Bill Gates is a drop out, LeBron wanted to play Football, and Warren Buffet, the richest man alive (until I came along 20 years from now) started his multi-billion dollar investment business as a shirt company (in other words, he failed to get that shirt business going… must have been a hard lesson in loosing to make him a winner, h’uh?).

Ok, I was ranting about something else just then. Anyway, I don’t think they should have banned her, but I do think she should probably play with another group who is more advanced in BBall. Its too bad though cause I am sure some of the other players who want to win or play against her will not get the chance to step their game up. And her team mates also won’t be able to do the same.

I think this whole thing is a loose – loose situation. She seems to have a good attitude about it though and to me, that means she really did win anyway. Ever heard the phrase I will Not Loose? It doesn’t mean you actually don’t ever loose, it means you can’t loose if you learn from the situation and become better for it. How can you loose when everything thrown at you makes you better (and richer)?

I wish her the best!!! Hope to see her at a college game in 6 years. Ohio State maybe?

As seen on Digg and Yahoo. Lots of comments on Digg about this.


One response

  1. Filey belle

    I gotta agree with you totally on this subject, I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing when I first read about this, I liken it to the sittuation of 14yo Monika Jagaciak and 12yo Maddison Gabriel who were both banned from Modeling at Australian Fashion weeks and sparked the banning of youngsters from the catwalk scene. The reasoning given that they were not ready to be subjected to that and could be influenced by the environments.

    Well if the Top Fashion scene environments are so bad behind the scenes surely they should clean up their acts so that it is suitable for youngsters to be there and not just ban them.

    In a world where child obesity and kids going off the rails are real issues we should be giving more encouragement to those youngsters who have Talent Aims and Aspire to progress and do well.

    In the case of this girl, I’m with you on wishing her the best.

    November 30, 2008 at 10:10 pm