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Old 07-21-2019, 04:09 PM
 
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And everyone, rightly, turned out to cheer for Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins. It was an amazing accomplishment. We honored people like Lindbergh, Eisenhower, Churchill, and DeGaulle.

But now we mostly have ticker-tape parades for people who are paid outrageous salaries to put balls in motion - footballs, baseballs, soccer balls. Kind of pathetic, isn't it?
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Old 07-21-2019, 07:03 PM
 
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Old 07-21-2019, 07:12 PM
 
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To say “put balls in motion” is pathetic.

These are athletes that push their bodies to the limit and sacrifice their time to be with their families so they can represent their state or country.

If you were ever involved in athleticism, you would be able to relate.

As a country, we haven’t done anywhere near historical an accomplishment as land on the moon since that time.

What are you trying to honor? The invasion of area 51?
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Old 07-21-2019, 11:20 PM
 
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To say “put balls in motion” is pathetic.

These are athletes that push their bodies to the limit and sacrifice their time to be with their families so they can represent their state or country.

If you were ever involved in athleticism, you would be able to relate.

As a country, we haven’t done anywhere near historical an accomplishment as land on the moon since that time.

What are you trying to honor? The invasion of area 51?
Oh, and they're not compensated for that?

Lowest MLB salary is $550K.

They can fund their own parades.
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Old 07-22-2019, 03:16 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York, United States
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Oh, and they're not compensated for that?

Lowest MLB salary is $550K.

They can fund their own parades.
lol, the average women's soccer player on the USA team, best women's team in the world, won't clear that much
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Old 07-22-2019, 03:51 AM
 
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Oh, and they're not compensated for that?

Lowest MLB salary is $550K.

They can fund their own parades.
At the end of the day, it’s a business, everyone gets compensated.

Still, the athletes risk all sorts of gruesome injuries and lifelong disabilities. Theres no money worth being in pain for the rest of your life.

Would be pretty funny if they fund their own parades.
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Old 07-22-2019, 04:05 AM
 
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Here's a List of ticker-tape parades in New York City.

And speaking of TTPs,
"Ticker tape technology became obsolete in the 1960s, as television and computers came into use for transmitting financial information. Modern parades utilize waste office paper and toilet paper that have been cut using conventional paper shredders. The city also distributes paper confetti."
I can think of some modern celebrants who would qualify for such a parade.
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Old 07-22-2019, 10:02 AM
 
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Going to the moon was racist and sexist apparently: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifes...=.14ec2a2eb76e
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Old Yesterday, 02:26 PM
 
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To say “put balls in motion” is pathetic.
These are athletes that push their bodies to the limit and sacrifice their time to be with their families so they can represent their state or country.
If you were ever involved in athleticism, you would be able to relate.
As a country, we haven’t done anywhere near historical an accomplishment as land on the moon since that time.
What are you trying to honor? The invasion of area 51?
Oh, puh-leeeze.

Push their bodies to the limit? You think it's something they should be pitied for? In comparison with, say, working in a coal mine or chicken slaughterhouse? And they don't do it to represent their state or country - they do it for the big bucks.

Not to mention that sports involves GAMES. It's something they learned for fun as kids, didn't required much brains, and were lucky to be able to monetize it for a fairly short work-life. Astronauts actually train for their work, and devote their lives to it. And even though we haven't reaped much in the way of direct benefit from it, there was in fact an element of serving the country.
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Old Yesterday, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Texas
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To say “put balls in motion” is pathetic.

These are athletes that push their bodies to the limit and sacrifice their time to be with their families so they can represent their state or country.

If you were ever involved in athleticism, you would be able to relate.

51?
I was a high level athlete and still am an athlete.
"Pushing bodies to the limit" and "sacrificing time with family" applies to so many other MORE IMPORTANT JOBS than sports, you can't possibly use this as an argument for admiring pro sports.
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