I’ve only seen one of the movies that received an Oscar nomination this week for best picture — “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” which was a fine flick and got me thinking of the implications of the story.
In the film, Benjamin Button ages from old to young — he was born as an old man and eventually dies as a newborn.
If this was the natural order of things, the sports world would be a better place. You wouldn’t have so many morons flushing their talent down the toilet like Pac Man Jones and others doing stupid things.
Based on the way Benjamin Button aged, an athlete would not reach his physical peak until he was actually about 50 years old. That would mean you would have an athlete at his best physically, but with the wisdom and knowledge that comes with maturity, instead of the foolishness and recklessness that athletes display at a younger age. It would be the best of both worlds.
On the other hand, it would be pretty hard to scout talent when you have to project physical potential backward. You would have scouts going to nursing homes trying to figure out who has the best 40 time with a cane.
I will be on The Sports Reporters on ESPN 980 AM on Monday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m.
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