Shawnee Bob wrote:(begin soapbox) As far as pro athletes who quit and get fat because they don't play anymore: that's probably true in some cases. But there are some former athletes who, for the love of the game (and good money) have had many surgeries just to keep playing. Mark Schlereth comes to mind. He doesn't play football anymore because he CAN'T. His body has had enough (26 surgeries?). Same is true for a lot of other former athletes. We're lucky in that the way we practice our pastimes generally leaves us in better physical condition than many former pro athletes. Not saying some of us here don't risk life and limb (I saw some pretty interesting photos of a traverse on the Bells on one climber's page). But I'm pretty sure the bulk of us here don't put our bodies on the line as much as some of these football and hockey players. Heck, even Larry Bird got the the point where he could barely walk because of back problems that developed because of his hard-nosed brand of basketball. So I'm not about to denigrate the sacrifices they make. (end soapbox)
ill bet for the right price you would carry that soap box into those pics of the bells and do handstands.......just like those pros who keep putting their bodies on the line, they know as long as they are in the game they have a blank check and the better they sacrifice themselves while in the game the better possibilities for a bigger blank check until it crashes in the end and they are sent packing with spent bodies, hopefully having saved a few bucks to make it the rest of their lives JOB!