Various debates has been made about today's sport athletes. Before they are stars on the field,they are labeled "superstars". Case in point,Cam Newton has been off the charts in his first two games but it hasnt equaled to any wins. Lebron James (the poster child for labeled athletes) has won 1 MVP trophy but has been to the NBA finals twice,both losses. His performance in the 4th Q in the Mavs series opened my eyes even more to my opening question.
There used to be a saying "if you made it on a SI cover,you are a star" meaning that particular athlete is now recognized to the rest of the country. Felipe Lopez,Steve Emtman,any running back from Penn State and the list goes on and on. Stars used to be made over a period of time and a body of work. Now if you hit 3 HRs or throw for 450 yds or score 35 pts vs the Lakers or Bos,you are a "bonafide star" When Tim Tebow won the last remaining games last season,his stock rose very quickly as a "star"and a fan fav. Fast forward to the 2011 season,the Denver fans was clamoring for Tebow to be the opening day starter despite his ineffective practice time and his quirky throwing motion. Former NFL stars saw the issues with Tebow's game as well and spoke out about it. But once they spoke up,they were labeled "haters" and felt it was something personal against Tebow.
So what really makes a star? Is it one game or a body of work? For today's fan,it might be the latter.