Be a Git, dont be nice

As the old saying goes “good guys finish last”….being nice in sports as in life gets you no where!

Winners are GITS (British slang for someone who is contemptible), they have a swagger & an attitude. They don’t care what others think of them, they go out there and get the job done.

You may not like them, & you may disagree with the things they say and do. But you cant argue with the results.

While nice people are more concerned with what their neighbor thinks of them, the git is ‘cashing cheques & breaking necks’.

I’m going to use a few examples in all areas of life to prove this…

GIT                                                          NICE

  • Floyd wayweather                                Ricky Hatton
  • Roy Keane                                              Jamie Redknapp
  • Alex Ferguson                                       Graham Taylor
  • John Mcenroe                                        Byorn Borg
  • Dennis Rodman                                     Tracy McGrady
  • Maradona                                               Gary Linekar
  • Joe Nameth                                            Dan Marino
  • Geoffrey Boycott                                   Micheal Atherton
  • Mark Waugh                                          Nasser Hussain
  • Lawrence Dalaglio                                 Will Carling
  • Alex Higgins                                           Steve Davis

Other gits in the world who over shadow their counterparts include, Terrell Owens (cocky, confident 6 time pro bowler), Russel Crowe (head strong, ladies man! Oscar winner in gladiator – nominated 2 other times), Donald Trump (no need for explanation)

Above Mark Waugh, was the Australian cricket captain from 1999 to 2004 & One of the most capped Test cricket players in the history of the sport.

Waugh terorized opposing teams with his superb batting displays and great examples of leadership. A fantastic captain who was renowned for his coolness and aggression under pressure.

On the other hand England had Nasser Hussain, a very elegant and skillful opening bat, but when the pressure was on to make runs  he failed to provide.

An educated and nice fellow, Hussain was often found wanting at the hands of more aggressive and ruthless captains, such as Waugh.

And then there was Roy Keane, a marvelous leader with great drive and determination. Keane would run through a brick wall, or any opponent that got in his way.

The Irishman excelled as captain at the highly successful Manchester united, winning every domestic and European honor during his tenure.

Keane renowned for his rants and outbursts was a true winner and never gave anything less than 100%. He once criticized supporters after a Champions League victory at Old Trafford. Roy nicknamed “keano”, complained about the lack of support by some fans when the opposition were dominating the game, saying

“Away from home our fans are fantastic, I’d call them the hardcore fans. But at home they have a few drinks and probably the prawn sandwiches, and they don’t realize what’s going on out on the pitch. I don’t think some of the people who come to Old Trafford can spell ‘football’, never mind understand it.”.

Keane made further headlines in 2001, when he was sent off for a blatant knee-high foul on a player, who had previously jeered and mocked Keane when he was hurt on the ground.

Obviously an act of revenge! Keane received a three game suspension and a £5,000 fine from the FA.  But further punishment followed after the release of his autobiography, in which he stated that he intended “to hurt” Håland.

I’d waited long enough. I fucking hit him hard. The ball was there (I think). Take that you cunt. And don’t ever stand over me sneering about fake injuries.

And on the other hand there is Redknapp, regarded as the future of English football.

He made his debut for Bournemouth at 16, was signed by Liverpool as the most expensive teenager for 350,000 pounds aged 17, made his debut for the high flying scousers at 18, within 3 seasons was the club captain, and was touted as the next England skipper.

Equipped with great vision, passing and control, Redknapp was the quintessential central midfielder. However, with the allure of stardom, Jamie was soon rubbing shoulder with celebs and showbiz big wigs. Redknapp was deemed by many to be now concerned more with modeling and cat walking, than playing football.

Redknapps demise continued when after numerous injuries, he failed to regain his youthful form . Dubbed ‘spice-boy’ for his flair for fashion and socializing with pop stars, Redknapps career was summed up profoundly by the daily telegraph newspaper

high-spirited, fun-loving young player, a central feature of Liverpool’s talented and entertaining, but perpetually under-achieving, squad of the Nineties.

And then there was Maradona, considered one of the games most controversial, yet greatest stars.

He was suspended from football for 15 months in 1991 after failing a drug test, for cocaine in Italy, and was sent home from the 1994 World Cup in USA after testing positive for ephedrine.

His outspoken manner & a self assured attitude,  was highlighted during this past world cup in South Africa when he assailed that Pelé should “go back to the museum” and pronounced that Platini, the Uefa president, thinks he “is better than all the rest”.

A Fifa world cup winner in 1986, runner up in 1990, Golden Ball for Best Player of the FIFA World Cup in 1986, Best Footballer in the World Onze d’Or in 1986 & 87, World Player of the Year in 1986 & Fifa’s player of the century.

Maradona was a rogue but also a master of the game. He scaled the ranks of footballs elite, starting from the poverty stricken streets of Argentina.  Maradona was a poor, under privileged child who denied all odds to become one of the worlds best

Which leads us to Gary Linekar, renowned English goal scorer. (finished his career 2nd of all time goals for England).

Lineker is noted for never having been cautioned or sent off by a referee during his professional career.  A fox in the box, linekar was lethal in and around the goal mouth. Yet never won a major trophy domestically or internationally.

A celebrated nice man, Linekar will always be known for never receiving a booking over any of his footballing feats.

Linekar, failed to live up to his potential due to a lack of bite and killer instinct. And for that reason, Linekar will never be considered one of the worlds great goalscorers. Just a nice bloke who does commentary for the BBC & makes funny crisp (chip) commercials.

On reflection, being nice gets you ran over and left behind the pack. You’ll find the git at the front elbowing and working his way to a medal.

I want a Doctor that’s a Git, i don’t want small talk or a warm bedside manner. I don’t want nice, i want someone who is going to operate on the right organ & limb

I want my captain to be a GIT. I don’t want him signing autographs, turning up at kids parties and appearing on all commercial broadcasts. I want him leading the team, motivating the squad and getting us the win.

I want my mechanic, coach, drummer, golfer, designer, C.E.O, striker,astronaut, chef, teacher, goalkeeper, dentist, pitcher & point guard to be a GIT. Because i know they wont finish last.

So  if being successful means being a git, & this success comes at the expense of somebody else. WELL THAT IS LIFE MY FRIEND – LIFE IS TOUGH – IT WAS ME OR HIM – ITS DOG EAT DOG.

So in conclusion, the next time somebodys say “be nice!”, remember that nice guys finish last! and Gits dont.


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