Two-time NBA MVP and Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash just learned first hand why Father Time is impossible to beat.
From time immemorial, the old man’s record remains unblemished and quietly he’s posted an unrivaled unbeaten record in every sport.
Though many athletes, including perennial all-stars like Nash, have risen to challenge him, no one has ever emerged victoriously.
A certain NBA Hall Fame inductee, Nash has struggled physically since signing with the Lakers two seasons ago. During his long and stellar career, Nash has played in 1,217 games and logged an incredible 38,069 minutes. However, in the past two years, he’s only suited up for 65 total games.
Since joining the Lakers, he’s painfully endured two injury riddled seasons. Chronic nerve damage in his back will sideline him for this year’s NBA campaign and likely force his retirement.
With the eight time all-star Nash now gone, Father Time still stands undefeated. And the old guy shows no sign of relinquishing his perfect record.
Incredulously, many like Nash have tried to defeat him, but none have ever prevailed. Father Time remains resolute. He’s strengthened by the knowledge that no one will ever beat him.
Despite their superiority in their sports, some like Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan in the NBA and Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in the NFL still try. However, if they continue too long past their primes, their fates will inevitably mirror what Nash is currently experiencing.
As illustrious careers start to dim, some athletes insist on trudging on in a sport that they once so easily dominated. What are these aging athletes thinking when they go toe-to-toe with the ageless man named Father Time?
Are their egos that big? Has overweening pride clouded their thoughts? Did their own limelight disorient them? Sadly, too many pro athletes lose grasp of reality and continue to play the same sport after enjoying long, injury free, successful careers.
Many sports fans claim that their heroes’ egos always need to be tested. They argue that these stars possess an overwhelming unction to compete against the best – even if he’s Father Time himself.
That’s why they do what they do even when their actions seem confusing or foolhardy.
Take hockey icon Gordie Howe. He skated admirably against Father Time for five decades. But, he eventually lost, finding himself checked right off the ice at age 52.
How about New York Yankees great Mariano Rivera? At age 42, he continued giving it a whirl from the mound, too. Unfortunately, the pitcher suffered a debilitating achilles injury, probably influenced by Father Time himself. The injury closed out Rivera’s incredible career.
Ageless QB Brett Favre courageously fought Father Time in a brutal sport. Inevitably Favre succumbed to Father Time, suffering from chronic injuries and, more importantly, listening to common sense.
Even the indomitable Michael Jordan took a shot at the undefeated old man known as Father Time. Despite his former prowess, Jordan met the same consequence. Instead of the brilliant basketball player effortlessly rising above the rim, His Airness ultimately looked like a struggling, aging baller tethered to the hardwood floor below.
Sadly, our sports heroes eventually display their humanity. Living on athletic borrowed time, these proven athletes can no longer outrace their fleeting mortality.
Tomfoolery beckons many to continue. It constantly woos them into believing they will be the first to defeat Father Time.
They may be confused to believe the endless adulation from fans as well as the poppycock of their own purported immortality in sports.
But, they’re even more foolish to think they can prevail against undefeated and universally unchallenged Father Time.
Steve Nash just learned this lesson first hand. May he enjoy retirement and prosper in his next endeavor.
MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!