Chris: Television cameras are very affectionate toward enthusiastic mothers. Forsooth, I have become intimately familiar with Ray Allen’s mother’s wardrobe, Tim Tebow’s mother’s ability to withstand a tackle and Donovan McNabb’s mother’s soup. Fortunately, Bill S. Preston, Esq. never played professional sports, because Missy would have been unduly exploited.
Ralphie: I think they are being supportive of their kids most of the time. Them being there can show how proud they are of their kid.
Joe: Everybody loves MOM. There is no reason for Mom not being a fan too.
Ralphie: Uhhh, I wouldn’t want my mom yelling or anything like that. But I definitely want her to be there.
Chris: From football games to track meets to a potential fist fight to try and dissuade her from watching me referee a basketball game, my mother has always enjoyed seeing me in action. All athletes love their mothers, including Stephon Marbury, who provided tickets to his games for his mother. And they weren’t bad seats, either . . . very close to the action . . . which made it very handy to run onto the court when Marbury bruised himself on a teammate’s broken leg.
Joe: Any parent seeing their child injured during an athletic event has cause for concern. Let’s leave it to the professional trainers and doctors to asses any injury and treat the player. There is no need for mom being another bystander on the field.
Ralphie: They need to stay out of the way and let the staff make sure they are ok.
Chris: Former NBA All-Star Larry Johnson showed he was capable of demonstrating his devotion in a universally uncomfortable manner by buying his mother a house and dressing up in his grandmother’s clothes. After buying a house, I think just a hug would have been sufficient.
Joe: I would like to think that if I was a professional athlete, Mom would be taken care of in her every need–not necessarily pampered, but adequately provided for.
Chris: Questions that arise from seeing Larry Johnson dressed up as his grandmother include: 1) Was he hearing bloomers and a girdle underneath the dress? 2) What did Johnson’s grandfather think? 3) Does this help explain Johnson’s fighting ability? and 4) Did Alonzo Mourning ever buy his mother a house and share clothes with his grandmother?
Joe: I would like the quiet type mom. Hopefully, she would know enough about the game that she could offer constructive comments afterwards. That would be truly special and would represent some real quality time.
Ralphie: My mom supports me in all my sports so I don’t think she would be any different. I would buy her a huge house though.
Chris: Unless Converse is offering wheelbarrows full of capital, I would discourage any Mother’s Day gift that included modeling earrings or a pearl necklace.