"Maybe I'm too old."
"And too soft."
"I've lost too many steps to compete at this level."
"Damn, I'm getting my ass kicked by these youngsters."
If you have ever uttered such horrible words... you should be ashamed and embarrassed.
Chris Chelios played in the NHL until the ripe old age of 48.
Jaromir Jagr became #2 on the all-time scoring list at 44.
The Finnish Flash, Teemu Selänne, scored 40 goals the season he turned 40.
And Gordie Howe played his final pro game, so he could step on the ice with his son Mark for one last time, at 51.
Yet somehow you're too old to play in some beer league where the rest of the guys, while 10+ years younger than you, also work mundane office jobs sitting in a chair hunched over for ten hours a day, hit the booze on weekends, and are physically far from being in pro shape?
Out of all the pathetic, estrogen-laden excuses I've heard over the years, the age excuse takes the cake.
Personally, I'm a much better athlete now after having reached 30 than I was at 16 when I was ranked among the 50 best soccer players for my age group in my country. And I intend to keep training hard and getting better until the day I keel over.
So if you've got any pitiful age-related excuses running through your head...
Feeling sorry for yourself having let the 9-5 corporate life get the better of you...
Thinking you can no longer do the things you used to when you were younger...
You're out of shape and deserve what you got.
The question is:
What are you gonna do about it?
I know what I would do if I were you:
Start lifting for real.
So you come back stronger next year.
And take all 'em young fools half your age to school.
In shape they can't hold your jock.