Game On…with Rob Kriete! – AUGUST 10

So, how much are you willing to wager on yourself? I’m sure it’s dependent upon what the wager entails and the amount. For example, Dennis Schroder signed a $5.9 million, one-year contract with the Boston Celtics this week. That is a lot of dough. Schroder averaged 15.4 points and 5.8 assists in 61 games with the Lakers last season. Yet, Schroder turned down an extension offer worth more than $80 million mid-season to pursue a bigger deal this summer.

Sometimes when you make a bet, you lose.

Professional athletes are all, to a certain extent, betting on themselves anyway. Their paycheck and ability to play a game for a living are purely contingent on this highly personal wager. And it only works when they are winning that wager.

Heck, the PGA cuts half the field of golfers every Friday during the season. Those players are going home and doing so without a paycheck, more or less. Other than their sponsorships, PGA players either make the cut or do not make any money from swinging the sticks. Therein lies the purity of the PGA that I have always admired. It is the ultimate, “Win or go home (empty-handed)” period!

This way of life for golfers is the antithesis of contracts gone awry in sports like MLB, where albatross contracts are signed annually. To that point, the New York Mets will pay Robinson Cano somewhere close to $30 million next year after serving his second suspension for using steroids while playing at the age of 38. Yikes! But his dollars in 2022, as well as 2023, are guaranteed by a contract. Robinson, I suppose, didn’t need to bet on himself any longer after signing that deal.

I would bet on myself on many things, for the record, but hitting a 99mph fastball, shooting under par in golf, or doing anything in the NFL is not among them.

Be safe, everyone.