POLL QUESTION – JULY 18
By ISM Staff & Contributors

IF YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER OR GRANDSON OR GRANDDAUGHTER WAS AN EXTREMELY GIFTED ATHLETE,WHICH SPORT WOULD YOU ENCOURAGE THEM TO SERIOUSLY TAKE UP AND WHY?

As you can see, no softball question for our group of contributors this week.  Our panel of experts are going to have to make a decision and explain their thought process on this topic.

IF YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER OR GRANDSON OR GRANDDAUGHTER WAS AN EXTREMELY GIFTED ATHLETE,WHICH SPORT WOULD YOU ENCOURAGE THEM TO SERIOUSLY TAKE UP AND WHY?

I’ll bet you can surmise, from this week’s query, what our next POLL Question will be next week.  Look for it next Sunday but, until then, here’s our thoughts on the matter at hand.  Enjoy.

KAZ RIVARD – NFC NORTH CORRESPONDENT
thought about this one… Football, but a punter!! Make the big salary a few years and I will gladly be their agent haha! Retire comfortably and let the money do the work while doing something they enjoy after football. Second would have to be golf.

JOHN LENTZ – NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL ANALYST
Golf. Don’t have to put up with all the other crap that they would with a team right now.

DAVID ALEXANDER – AFC WEST CORRESPONDENT
It would depend on what made them a talented athlete.  Back in the day, kids played a bunch of sports.  Now, we tend to specialize, which probably limits their choices.

MIKE SIMZAK – AFC NORTH CORRESPONDENT
Soccer. 3 of the top 6 highest paid athletes in the world in 2021 according to Forbes are soccer players. In addition a gifted soccer player can have a much longer career (15-20) years and more years at or near peak earning (8-12) years than athletes in other sports like Basketball or football without the physical risks associated with motor sports, MMA, or football. The final benefit is soccer contracts are typically paid out over 52 weeks and include allowances for taxes while other contracts are only paid out over the course of the individual season.

LEO HAGGERTY – EDITOR ISM
Let me preface this by saying I was the ultimate team sports guy growing up.  Football to basketball to baseball for four years in high school then on to football and a quick cup of coffee with baseball that a hand injury my sophomore year in college curtailed permanently for another four seasons.

After eight years of contact and collision sports, my body along with the guys I played ball with in high school and college is starting to beak down.  Now, with that being said, I would not trade my experiences with “my brothers” on those team sports at all but that was then, from 1967 to 1974, and this is now.

I will encourage my grandsons and granddaughters to concentrate on individual sports preferably golf and tennis.  If you’re an elite golfer or tennis player, the reward for success far outweighs the risk of injury.

Plus, as Phil Mickelson just proved by winning the U.S. Open, you can stay competitive much longer in individual sports than the team sports.  Lefty won the Major just a few days short of his 51st birthday and that’s not happening in any of the professional team sports.

Plus, and I must agree with my former teammate John Lentz, you don’t have to deal with all the BS that seems to come with the major team sports now.  That, to this old timer, is starting to get real old real quick and I don’t want my grandkids to have to endure that.