Doing Right Thing Should Be Rewarded: Not the Other Way Around

Semi-Sweet MoContributor IJanuary 16, 2009

People are so negative these days. All the media focus seems to be on the economy going down the drain, people are getting laid off, jobs are being outsourced or moving to India every day, and to top it off, the Lions didn't win one game this year.

Sure, people should see some of the bad things that happen in this world but where do we cross that line in ignoring or down-playing the good?

I saw a two-minute spread honoring 22 college athletes for their involvement in community service in the middle of the Allstate Sugar Bowl. It's hard to cover what these 22 young men did in a matter of two minutes, that's why they only covered about four.

This is something I have a problem with. I think its great to honor people who help out in the community on top of participating in a Division One college sport and being a student as well. But two minutes is all they could manage to recognize these fine young men?

These guys are doing absolutely all that they can to improve their communities and society, and the media almost lets them go unnoticed. I'm more than dissatisfied. I'm mad about it.

Pacman Jones can go threaten someone at a club in Nome, AK, and the first 30 minutes of SportsCenter will be about his sentence, then his bail, then what he did, and how it all will effect his football career. Nearly two dozen young men set an example actually worth following, and they are relegated to a blurb during a college bowl game.

Talk about backwards priorities.

As humans, we all just want a little attention, and some of us go about garnering it in negative ways. The heavy attention given to Pacman Jones is, by some accounts, almost encouraging our youth to be just like him.

How many marginal kids out there watching are seeing the attention Pacman is getting and thinking, "I wanna be just like him when I grow up"?

Notoriety is often times confused with success and popularity. If it takes being a public nuisance to get attention, some kids will inevitably follow that path. So why glamorize it so much?

I'm not asking ESPN to stop giving their expert analysis on jail time, I'm just saying that we should give more credit to the people doing the right thing because it is happening a lot more than we think all over the world.