Today, I have been given the chance to sing a different tune, largely thanks to one young man by the name of Blake Griffin. Griffin, a power forward for the Los Angeles Clippers in his rookie year, has been burning up the floor night in and out.
Now on the surface there are a number of stars who can do this in the NBA that I could write similar stories about, but when you look a little below the surface, you notice Blake Griffins story is worlds apart.
In American sports, it seems the better the athlete and the higher the achievements, the bigger struggle the competitor has outside of their particular game. During long seasons flying from city to city it seems these athletes carry more emotional luggage than actual luggage itself.
Most household names eventually fall from the side of a wheaties box, to the lows of women's magazine columns, it seems the better the star, the bigger the fall.
Brett Favre will now not be remembered for twenty seasons in the toughest sport in the world. Barry Bonds world record home run count will never have integrity, and Roger Clemens the greatest ever pitcher, will just be that guy who lied to congress.
Only fifteen games into a seventy two game season Blake Griffin has a highlight reel that is longer than a ten season veteran's career highlight video package. Griffin's ability in the post and prowess through the air may never be matched in the history of the game.
His overall game is unmatchable, watching Blake Griffin play basketball is a true pleasure because you never what going to happen next and you just may be about to something that has never been done on a basketball court. As a fan it's a fair statement to say if you don't like Blake Griffin you don't like basketball.
Its all of the above that scares me about Blake Griffin, if its true that the better the athlete, the further they fall, than I dare not think to dwell on just how far Blake Griffin may fall.
If Blake is a true new age American professional athlete, then he is bound by tradition to fall.
As an optimist I'm holding out hope they he may buck the trend of fallen heroes and give hope back to fans that they can give their kids a role model they can rely on to assist in shaping their children's futures.
That's my dribble for the Week, as you know you don't have to agree with me - just accept your wrong.