Monday, March 23, 2009

Same Old Dennis, Same Tired Act...


Last night, my wife and I were watching "Celebrity" Apprentice. I'd first like to say that the word "celebrity" does not mean to me what it means to other people. When I think of "Celebrity", I think of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, David Letterman, Derek Jeter, etc. Apparently, when NBC thinks of celebrities, they think of washed up comedians (Andrew Dice Clay & Tom Green), daughters of celebrities (Melissa Rivers), and girls that hold briefcases on a once popular game show (that girl from Deal or no Deal).
They also think of former NBA basketball players who are still clinging to the renegade/loose cannon image that they portrayed during their playing days.
Dennis Rodman, a 48 year old adult, decided to act like a little kid and attempt to pick a fight with Clint Black during one of the team challenges. It was very bizarre because Rodman and Black were not even together at the time, Rodman had to walk across the room to confront Black. Once he got to Black, I couldn't even tell what Rodman was saying because of all the obscenities he was yelling. Rodman finally decided to storm out of the room like my 3 year old nephew does when he's grumpy.
The "confrontation" was kind of humorous because Rodman was 6'7 and little Clint Black is only 5'9.
I thought that it was interesting that Rodman decided to confront Black and not the other members of their team. For those that don't watch the show, the other members of the team are Brian McKnight, Herschel Walker, and Jesse James. I would put my money on James and Walker in a fight against Rodman any day of the week, and McKnight is no slouch either. During the board room portion of the show, Trump actually asked Jesse James if he thinks that he could take Rodman in a fight. James looked at Rodman and replied, "I'll fight him right now".
Why did Rodman confront Clint Black? Simply put, people weren't paying enough attention to him so he decided to make a scene with the one person that he knew wouldn't respond. This would put the focus back on him.
Rodman has done this his entire life. It all started when he was in Detroit and showed up at training camp with blonde hair. Soon after that the tattoo's and multi colored hair started showing up when he was playing for the San Antonio Spurs. During his time in Chicago, he increased his crazy behavior with other wild antics like showing up at his book signing in a wedding dress.
Dennis Rodman was a million dollar athlete. He led the league in rebounding seven straight years and once average 18.7 rebounds per game during one of those. His problem was that he has a five cent head. It was very easy for opponents to take him out of his game. The first time that the Pistons played Dennis Rodman and the Spurs, Piston center Bill Laimbeer (one of the smartest athlete's I've ever seen) told his team "Leave Rodman up to me, I'll have him out of the game by halftime". Sure enough, Laimbeer had Rodman so frustrated and out of his element that Rodman received two technicals by the middle of the second quarter and was kicked out of the game. The Pistons ended up winning the game.
On the "Celebrity" Apprentice, he has continued to show a persecution complex, which he demonstrated for most of his basketball career. In Rodman's opinion, people are always out to get him because he's "different". He thinks that because he has a lot of tattoos, multiple piercings, and changed his hair to more colors than the rainbow, that people view him as different and are out to get him.
He's wrong. I believe that people liked him because he was different. It was his constant belief that people wanted to persecute him, along with his inability to keep his head in the game, that made people grow tired of him.
Rodman's off color antics have allowed him to squeeze every second out of his fifteen minutes of fame. Unfortunately for him, his time is up. Dennis seems to be a troubled person and I hope that he is able to ride off into the sunset and find happiness, whatever that is for him.
It's time to close the curtain on your act Dennis, it's growing old.

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