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03-05-2007, 08:23 PM
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Being a Captain is a symbolic and somewhat meaningless tradition. Often it's a popularity contest. It's all pretty arbitrary and silly. Maybe I have a bias since I never really cared who was Captain in any sport I participated in during high school and college. I played some basketball, some hockey, some soccer and did quite well in track [ 100m 200m and 400m]. I found myself internally driven in all my sporting events and the Captain meant pretty much nothing to me. I was actually voted team Captain on a number of occasions and the most inspirational I ever got was to tell people to do their best. I always did, and that was about it.

If a professional athlete can't motivate him/herself that's his or her own problem and in no way related to some other person on the team with a C on his/her jersey. I really do believe the whole Captain thing is overdone. Now, leadership, that's a very different subject and unrelated to the "C".

Just my two cents.

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