Honor’s Blog Post #2 (Topic #2)

Alex Mennella, Co-Editor-in-Chief

The first part of my book, “The Worst of Sports” by Jesse Lamovsky, Matthew Rosetti, and Charlie DeMarco, has really opened my eyes to the way we remember athletes and great moments in sports. It shows how even though some games or moments live in eternal sports glory, the players involved or the moment itself are way overblown. For example, the book talks about Joe Namath. Now, I’ve always believed “Broadway Joe” was an elite NFL quarterback who had a long and successful Hall of Fame career well beyond his Super Bowl III victory over the highly favored Baltimore Colts. However, I have been sadly mistaken. Namath actually was a pretty average, if not below average, quarterback after the Super Bowl victory. In his eight seasons afterwords, he played for some pretty bad teams, only beat teams with winning records twice, and threw about 50 more interceptions than touchdowns. This example shows how successes in the sports world can greatly outweigh athlete’s greatest failures or mediocrity. So far, it seems as though athletes are remembered for their greatest successes and not their failures.