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04-04-2011, 02:14 PM
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You're experiencing the two worst forms of the sport at the same time: the over-competitive youth league, and the mercenary elite pro league. Neither is a representation of what the sport is supposed to be about -- and this also applies to soccer, basketball, football, etc.

I suggest taking in some high-level amateur or low-level pro games. Guys who are beyond the "helicopter parent" phase of life but are still fighting just to live the dream.

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