Dear Bob … by Bob Ryan

dear bob letterWe’ve seen it our entire lives….each day in the paper…and I suppose on the net…people drop letters/notes to advisors (Abby, Ann Landers, etc.) for advice on social, romantic, family matters. I thought it was about time to provide the same opportunity for athletes. Here’s the forum where I’ll be addressing some of the needs/questions of athletes. Of course, the last names are not provided but you may be able to recognize the individual anyway…most of you are clever in that way. Here we go…but just so you don’t get any ideas….don’t any of YOU drop me a note.

Dear Bob,

I’m a profession football QB. Every Sunday, I deflate my balls…it’s no big deal because everyone tries to get an edge…cheat in some way…ya know WR spray stuff on their hands, the d-lineman spray no-grab spray on their uniforms…so I don’t see the big deal. But…I’m getting fined because I’m a target due to my overwhelming success. What should I do? Tom

Dear Tom,

Some things jump out at me. Instead of deflating your balls maybe you should deflate your head. It seems very, very huge. Regarding the cheating….didn’t you use that type of excuse as a 10 year old—everyone else is doing it? Grow up and see a physician about the “problem” you described.     Bob

Dear Bob,

I’m a wealthy man. I love increasing my wealth. Isn’t that what makes the world go round? Currently I’m in a town that seems to resent me. I’m just trying to make more money….isn’t that OK? What can I do to be accepted by this community?     Stan                                                      

Dear Stan,

Money is a means to achieve your goals…Is it to live?   provide for your family ? future generations of your family ? live lavishly? All communities have wealthy people. Some are unknown, some are liked, some disliked. Somehow your community has “turned on you’ because they have the perception that you’re becoming greedy and selfish. I would recommend that you become more involved in your area personally. Let people see you personally enjoying yourself. Or… try some philanthropic gifts. Meet with area leaders to analyze the cause(s) of the feelings and provide some finances for civic growth. If none of that appeals to you, then I suggest you move away and start over. However, if you weren’t doing any of those things in your community and you repeat it again in your new setting…you may as well do the Howard Hughes thing…rent a floor of a hotel, close all the curtains, and live in your own little world…Stan—money can’t buy happiness unless you share it a bit! Bob

Dear Bob,

I’m responsible for the Cubs stadium redevelopment. I mean we’ve never had nearby parking, horrible locker rooms, small seats so it’s always been bad but It’s really been horrible recently….our ground crew screws up a rain game last year by having all the water being dumped on the SS area…the only good thing was that we made national news for our ineptness. Then, this year our bathrooms don’t work for opening game..can you imagine Bob—30000 beer drinkers and no bathrooms…heck we only had 6 months to get them ready…anyway, now we’re putting up a scoreboard so others outside the stadium can’t see. When will things turn around for Me? Joe Stiff

Dear Mr. Stiff,

You seem to be living “up” to the Cubs standards. Just Wait for your next world series in Chicago …it’ll be here before you know it….in the next century! Oh…Joe Stiff IV may be handling the same job by that time (with exactly the same problems).

Dear Bob,

I get tired of all the Cardinal stuff…Cardinal this, Cardinal that, Cardinal, Cardinal, Cardinal…could u give me break with some amateur stuff? J.

Dear J.

Well, the Cardinal stuff dominates the media because A) there’s keen interest b) advertisers are lining up to be sponsors. Everyone seems to gain. But….an attempt to please u….here’s a random break down of amateur sports (usually about my friends, personal experiences, schools that I taught/announce)…Here goes…1st of all …congrats to my friend, Scott Brown @ Vianney who notched his 400th HS baseball victory earlier this season. I was Scott’s assistant for his first 3 years as head coach @CBC…..the UMSL softball team was halted in the super regional by U of Indianapolis…just like last year, the Tritons won game 1 of the 3 game set but lost both games on the 2nd day…UMSL finish with 48 wins this season—another great year…the super regionals are the round prior to college world series……my alma mater, St. Mary’s baseball lost their first 10 games but 1st year Head Coach Tony Dattoli (formerly StLCC Head Baseball Coach) cracked the whip(I suppose) and the Dragons have gone 11-3 since that “rugged” beginning…..CBC’s spring has been fruitful…Mason Horn’s baseball team is 26-7 and looking forward to district…Mike McCormack’s golf team had a successful season…on the collegiate+ level…congrats to Dan Quigley for his 5k run of 13:39(PR) and his sister Colleen who ran a PR 9:33 in the steeple chase(both children of Gaylerd Quigley-long time CBC faculty) Anyone else who has info for my amateur section….some would say this entire product is amateur…..just send it to me…ya never know where it may show up. Bob

Dear Bob,

I’m the manager of a successful MLB team. I’ve had success in my first 3 years…great success. But…while I’ve become accustom to the job (which I never did previously) and its growing on me….the criticism and my lack of a real passion for the game has me wondering how long I should do the job…. It pays great (thank goodness—it got me out of all of my debt)?   Manifesto Mike

Dear Manifesto Mike,

It’s good to hear that the job is “growing on you”. There is transition in all jobs…some are short …others longer…much longer. It sounds to me like you took the job due to your financial chaos. If possibly, I’d make sure that those financial obligations have all been “set straight”…once that’s achieved…play it year-year. If the job is still tedious…or if you start to lose and it’s not fun any longer… in a couple more years…say arrivederci      Bob

Dear Bob,

I’m an NFL QB and was recently traded to the Eagles. I was told that “I was the man”. However, during the recent draft, it was rumored that I was being offered to other teams so that Philly could move up in the draft to get a rookie QB. My feelings have been hurt, what should I do?   Sam

Dear Sam,

Hurt feelings are a part of life. It seems to me from your brief note that you haven’t really been in real life too much. Suck it up and move on…this is life Sam. Btw…stay healthy or those rumors will resurface again.   Bob

Dear Bob,

I’m a professional catcher. It’s hard on my body. I decided that I’d lose weight, lots of weight, to make it easier on my body. Now my batting performance has suffered….what should I do—regain the weight? Or hit less with not much power?   Yadi

Dear Yadi,

Life’s full of choices…it was probably one or the other. In this day and age, go with the less weight– longer career, more money…..and it looks like you’ve already made that choice so don’t look back.


Dear Bob,

How much longer is this going on?   John

Dear John,

It’s time to say good-bye…nice knowing you…good luck…

PS…. send me ANY/ALL of your thoughts…your responses are more fun to me than trying to write this thing! I’m not just looking for positives…I’ve had some people react to things that really ambushed me. Bob







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