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He probably was a leader on the playground. That's how it was when I was growing up. The best athletes were the leaders.
I went to an all-boys camp for years and later became a counselor there. Among the 9-11 year olds it is amazing the extent to which athletic skills are linked up with both leadership and coolness.
Some of this is just physical maturity. If you mature a little faster, at age 10 you will be a better athlete (bigger, more coordination, etc) and also might be a little more emotionally and socially together, and hence cooler. IOW, the traits that make a 10-year-old athletic can also make him cool, so athleticism is associated with coolness more than a cause of coolness.
Willie Wilson's reaction [to Bo getting permission to play for the Raiders] was, like Wilson, loud, opinionated, and childish. "I guess he got the last laugh, didn't he?" said Wilson. "He got us to believe him, and now we're fools." Other Royals were reportedly upset, but Wilson, who himself was a spectacular football player in high school, but was told by the Royals that he would have to give up football to take the money, was the loudest.
Also, the bench player will be tempted to try to leverage his well-liked status into more playing time or other perks
Actually those were just the first two names to come to mind, but it now occurs to me that both of those guys enjoyed the best (team) success of their careers during the brief periods they played with a bigger (and more dedicated) superstar.
Most people suspect that Jagr picked up his (lack of) work habits from playing as a kid on those veteran Penguins teams that were filled with guys who were so talented that they never really had to work hard at the game, so he figured he didn't have to work hard either.
It would be more interesting to compile a list of MLB players who weren't picked first on the playground. It would probably be a very short list (although Bill Ripken and Ozzie Canseco would certainly be on it).
It would be more interesting to compile a list of MLB players who weren't picked first on the playground.
Among the 9-11 year olds it is amazing the extent to which athletic skills are linked up with both leadership and coolness.
Think how often we have elected military Generals to be our country's President (i.e., the ones who win at fighting are seen to be good leaders - I guess whether in childhood or adulthood we always seem to be in survival mode).
Well, the last 140 years or so ...
Eisenhower. And I think that's it.
Am I forgetting someone? Possibly so.
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