LAMM AT LARGE: Winning at all costs

LAMM AT LARGE: Winning at all costs

By: David Lamm

Tom Coughlin proudly says he’s so competitive he wants to win lunch. At the NBA All-Star Game, LeBron James proudly said he’s so competitive he wants to be the first player at the interview table.

A baseball player once boasted he’d run over his grandma rounding third if that’s what it took to score.

Michael Jordan often said it was all about winning whether it was for a championship or in a pickup game in the driveway at a family reunion.

During my brief athletic career, I was probably too competitive. I tore up my thighs more than once sliding in Beer League Softball, caught up in the moment.

Is that really a good thing? Sure, in championship competition it’s all about winning. But is that still true playing Monopoly with the grandkids? Or having lunch? Or getting to the interview table? Or running over grandma?

I’m not a shrink doctor but that sounds sick to me.

NASCAR still resonates throughout the First Coast. Nationally, however, the numbers have plummeted, both in attendance and TV ratings. As a result, sponsorships have slipped away and the sale of memorabilia has dropped.

NASCAR will begin making significant changes with its second race of the season to try and draw fans back. It hopes to have all the changes implemented by the end of the year. Removing the restrictor plate for Talladega races is one I understand.

Honestly, because I’ve pretty much ignored the sport for a decade, I don’t feel qualified to offer my suggestions or judge what NASCAR is doing.

That really gets me to my point.

Over the years, I’ve been amazed at the people who offer suggestions about how to change sports they know little or nothing about. Americans commenting on soccer is one you hear it from “nonexperts” all the time.

To don’t know if NASCAR’s changes will work. All I know is something needs to be done.