Sports stars deliver big presents to their families on Christmas

Let’s check in on the lives of people making big bucks in sports and how they spent Christmas.

Stefon Diggs of the Vikings gave his mom an SUV, just like in the TV commercials.

Mike Hughes of the Vikings did the same things for his sister.

Brady Singer, a pitcher in the Kansas City Royals organization, paid off his parents’ loans.

There’s a payoff — sometimes — for schlepping your kids off to practice and T-ball games.

  • Sam M

    The stories are sweet but I’m afraid this might bring out the worst in some parents.

  • Erik Petersen

    I saw that one with the pitcher this morning. I’d never heard of him, he’s not gotten out of the minors yet. He did get a big bonus as a 2018 1st rounder, $4m.

    Its actually a sensible way to spend / allocate that money, ya figure.

  • >>There’s a payoff — sometimes — for schlepping your kids off to practice and T-ball games.<<

    The payoff is that I got to help nurture. teach life lessons and sportsmanship, and watch the joy,a nd heartbreak of competition that my children enjoyed through youth sports.

    I never expected anything more than that.

    • Guest

      Sadly too many do. ASK a college coach what is required to get a full scholarship or a partial one and what is expected academically from the student and financial support from the parents

      EVEN if accepted on a college team, it will most likely be a partial scholarship.

      Do the stats on those who earn the big bucks compared to those participating at high school level, then also college level.

      High risk high reward sporting/acting/musical excellence or low-risk good reward for academic excellence… aware just what your betting odds are.

      • Erik Petersen

        Sadly? I don’t think there’s a ‘problem’ here as much as the trope about sports parents might suggest. Numerically we’re talking about a subset of a subset of parents and kids who play varsity ball and might be deluded about the risk / reward of spending a lot on athletic training and showcasing, etc. Deluded about their own ability and where its going to take you in college or pro sports.

        For those that make it, good for them.

        • I’ve run across too many young athletes who have burned out because their parents have pushed them too hard because they think little Billy/Jane is the next Gretzky/Whalen/Ruth/What have you

          It’s pretty sad.

          • Erik Petersen

            There’s that, and I wouldn’t say you haven’t seen it… But what is “burn out”? Is it what we think it is? Is stepping back from the travel ball / hockey track to varsity to play rec ball “burn out”?

            I don’t think that’s actually entirely ‘burn out’. I think its commonly kids and parents coming to the right conclusion of about where they can play and enjoy it without acknowledging to themselves they are basically foregoing the next level because they are not quite good enough to be there as the elite athletes are sorted into a smaller group…

            If kids quit they quit. That’s OK too.

          • >>But what is “burn out”?<>If kids quit they quit. That’s OK too.<<

            Tell that to the parents who push their kids too much.

          • Erik Petersen

            Maybe they really didn’t like it all that much in the first place, why shouldn’t they quit then?

            Who cares?

          • I can see you’ve never seen that happen to a kid…

  • Erik Petersen

    In terms of ‘payoffs’. Course, its good to keep kids playing, and see that they can pursuit their game to the highest level they can play it at. But elite athleticism is really all hereditary determinism. You cant practice your way from 5.2 dback speed to 4.4 dback speed, you cant practice your way from a 72 mph fastball to a 92 mph fastball. That’s what these guys can be thankful for

    • jon

      while genetics plays it’s part, I’m also confident very few people throw a 92 mph fast ball with 0 practice, and that those who can throw a 92 mph fast ball worked their way up to that from some lower number… (save that kid in “rookie of the year”)

      And even when genetics plays it’s part we don’t understand them well enough to know what part they’ll play… we aren’t in “gattaca”… yet…

      (I might have over done it with the 90’s movie references.)

      • Erik Petersen

        Sort of….for pitchers that riddle of maximum kinetic leverage through the hips and shoulders is unlocked through years of practices and games up to their early 20’s.

        But for 97% of the guys who are conventionally athletic and play the game, they can’t exceed 80 mph (decent amateur arm speed) on a throw no matter how much they train.

        So the basic athletic gift there is not much different from having the size to play offensive line in the NFL. And similarly heritable.