This rallying cry can be heard from most athletes, regardless of the sport. Whether it’s a shooting guard making a three-pointer, a striker scoring a goal, a defensive end recording a sack, or even a curler who executes a weld in the last game of a bonspiel. (I did say every sport!)
I’m here to reveal the truth; “let’s go” is not only the most overused phrase in sports, it’s arguably the second most egotistical, after “gimmie the damn ball!” (I can’t think of any other phrase that is more cliché than “let’s go!”)
“What do you mean it’s egotistical?” You ask.
It’s simple. Athletes only yell “let’s go” AFTER they do something successfully. What the individual is actually saying is, “I know we’re losing; I’m doing my part, when the hell are the rest of you guys going to pull your own weight?”
I have yet to see a baseball player walk to the batter’s box and yell “let’s go” prior to stepping in to take his swings. Honestly, it may never happen.
“Why not?” You wonder.
Athletes don’t yell “let’s go” before they do something spectacular because that would mean taking responsibility and egotistical players are not about that life. They would never risk looking like a complete ass. On rare occasions, you will actually hear an athlete yell “let’s go” after failing to make a play. This kind of person is the supreme egomaniac. He believes that he has carried the team for most of the season and figures it’s about time for someone else to carry the load.
These jerks are your Lebron James, DWade, ARod types. You’ll definitely see them chew-out their teammates whenever a mistake is made, but no one has the cojones to call them out. (Lebron James usually yells at Mario Chalmers at least twice during each game!)
I really hate watching NBA games in which a team is down by twenty-five and having to see some scrub, off the bench, hit a three and yell out “let’s go!” It’s almost enough to make me lose my lunch! Who the Hell told these bums that they have the right to say anything?
My favorite ”let’s go” of all-time took place in the movie Varsity Blues. Towards the end of the movie, after the players refuse to play for their self-absorbed leader, he makes a last ditch effort to rally the guys; I love that scene!
You can watch the scene here: Varsity Blues.
John Voight is the man!
I know I mentioned the NBA but I don’t enjoy watching the games anymore; the referees are out of control. I’m not some homer Celtics fan who is blaming the referees for our two losses in Miami, I’m complaining about their calls against the Heat, the Celtics, the Spurs, and OKC. I barely watch the games anymore. I did catch some of the first half of Game four in Boston, but once Paul Pierce was assaulted and the referees failed to blow the whistle, only to call a soft foul for DWade on the ensuing possession, I decided to watch Holmes Inspection on HGTV! I did catch the end. DWade and Lebron James are like two used manual transmission cars, each with over three hundred and forty nine thousand miles on the odometer; you may encounter some problems with the clutch! (Football season can’t get here fast enough!)
***This is completely off topic, but buying a home is scary. There are some piece-of-shit contractors out there. BE CAREFUL, PEOPLE!***
The NBA sucks ass! The only game I was looking forward to on Sunday was the international friendly between Brazil and Mexico. Although the Brazilians lost, I love watching the “beautiful game!” I can’t wait for the World Cup: Brazil 2014! (If I’m not there, I’m going to contemplate pulling a Seau!)
***Please keep your “soccer is boring” comments to yourself; you don’t want to sound like an uninformed ignorant jackass! Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, the fact that you do not have the ability to understand what is happening on the pitch is probably the result of an under-developed brain! (It is ok to dislike all the flopping!)***