How Trophies are Fucking Everyone

by DBT

As a cop, I get exposed to many of the wrongs within our society. There are insanely educated people out there who will have you believe that the downfall of our country can be directly linked to the introduction of crack in the 80’s, kids playing violent video games, and Justin Timberlake pulling out Janet Jackson’s nipple on TV. I’ve performed my own sociological experiment to determine once and for all what the real problem is.

What lead me to this breakthrough was just observing how dudes act when they get arrested. There is a large range of reactions starting from the experienced criminal who sees it as part of the game, the guy who realizes he fucked up, and then there is the dude who whines and tells you how much money he makes while threatening to sue for not getting his phone call (little hint; you have no constitutional right to a phone call when arrested. It’s a courtesy most guys will give you if you’re not a dick). One common thing about guy #3 is that he is usually from a generation where every kid in little league got a trophy. I know it sounds ridiculous but give me a few minutes and I’ll have you on my side.

That guy is now in his mid twenties to mid thirties depending on where he’s from and since he was 7 years old he’s been told he’s good. He’s been led to believe that just by showing up he’s as deserving of recognition as the kid who spent hours a day preparing for the season. Now I use the little league trophy just as an example but the reality is there are many more instances of developmental sabotage everywhere. Martial Arts schools now have 50 different belt levels so kids can earn a new belt every few weeks. Schools give out prizes to everyone who enters the spelling bee and stopped recognizing father’s day because not everybody has a father. Smarter kids are held back so the less gifted kids (they got to me, I can’t even call them dumb kids) don’t feel bad about themselves. I understand this may sound a little cold but guess what….the world is a fucked up place. Not everyone is good at everything and if you never fail, you never truly learn what it takes to succeed. I’d rather my kid not waste his time dreaming of being the president if he’s “dumb”. I’d rather him find his strengths through failure and focus his energy there. I know plenty of “dumb” guys who are genius brick layers.

If your kid sucks at football don’t force it. Help him get better or point him in another direction. You never know; he may turn out to be a world class pianist or discover the cure for cancer. Just think what may have happened if Albert Einstein made his middle school rugby team.

So by now you’re probably asking what this has to do with training or the Villain lifestyle? Easy. There are Planet Fitnesses everywhere making a fortune by giving everyone a trophy for showing up. Here is my challenge to all of you…

Push yourself for the next 60 days. Why 60? I have no idea. I guess because anybody can do it for 30 days. By pushing yourself I mean not skipping a workout, limit yourself to one cheat day per week, and no fucking excuses. There are going to be days when you’re exhausted, when you don’t have the time, when somebody will convince you to skip the day. These are the days that I challenge you to earn your fucking trophy!!

DBT is a 5’11”, 230lb beast of a police officer in a college town in Pennsylvania. He spends most of his time breaking up bar fights and keeping the peace in a non-bastard manner. He is a husband and father of two, and will be contributing much to StrengthVillain as well as our soon to debut sister project.

 

 

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45 Responses

  1. Jamie

    The trophy article picture is awesome, looks like she is kissing on a big dick lol

    August 4, 2011 at 8:48 am

  2. Vim

    Good stuff man. My dad still tells me to this day “second place is first of the losers”.

    You’ll like this…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6wOt2iXdc4

    August 4, 2011 at 10:30 am

    • Tfin

      Good stuff dude. Kind of along the same lines as Tyler’s article about young adults dressing up as Harry Potter. Maybe this one will be received much better because there are a lot of truths there. Aren’t those whiney punks the best ones to arrest?

      August 4, 2011 at 11:56 am

  3. WorldOnFire

    An observation that I had from coaching my kid’s soccer team, which doesn’t keep win/loss records, and gives everyone a trophy:

    These things are for the parents. The first season, my kid’s team lost or tied every game. They knew it. The next season, the kids from the first season were fired up about earning some wins. None of them cared about the trophy – they just wanted to win some games.

    It seems like there’s a whole generation of parents that can’t just be a good parent for the sake of being a good parent. They measure their success through the ‘successes’ of their kids. Therefore, little Timmy damn well better get a trophy for soccer, or why did we waste our time carting him back and forth to soccer/baseball/karate? It’s what happens when people treat their kids like some sort of social status indicator, like the car they drive, or the clothes they wear.

    August 4, 2011 at 11:09 am

  4. JamesC

    I love seeing articles like these. The whole Softball things reminds me of Henry Rollins in Sons of Anarchy and taking his kids out of softball.

    August 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm

  5. DBT

    Holy shit Vim, I ripped off Carlin!! He was brilliant. It’s so true about kids not just playing anymore. I got a few stares from the neighbors a couple days ago because I had my 3 year old outside jumping in puddles during a storm. It’s funny that your dad used to say that. I have a buddy who just competed in the Pan-Am games in BJJ. When he came back he said he lost and never brought it up again. Found out a couple weeks later that he came in second! That’s a great accomplishment that he should’ve been proud of but he saw it as a loss. That’s why he’ll win next year.

    August 4, 2011 at 3:02 pm

  6. the-junk

    I felt like you were yelling at me when I was reading the article.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    • DBT

      Funny you say that. I actually read this article as a speech at a local daycare. About halfway through I started yelling and bleeding from my left ear. At the end I headbutted the woman in charge and blacked out. I woke up in some kids sleeping bag surrounded by empty milk cartons and an empty case of animal crackers.

      August 8, 2011 at 10:51 pm

  7. Vim

    Haha nah man, just shows theres more than one person with at least half an ounce of sense out there.

    Yeah ive got this all or nothing attitude i get from my dad, if im gonna try at something i go at it 100 percent, or dont even bother getting off the sofa. Waste of time doing stuff half arsed.

    Haha thats cool about your buddy, pro attitude that.

    August 4, 2011 at 9:27 pm

  8. Awesome man! I think this attitude has definitely let to a generation of wimps. After attending the premier of Harry Potter 7 Part II, I’m kicking myself for not writing a second “Feminization of America” article but I’m glad to see you stepped up and voiced your opinion. The fact is, if you don’t win you’re a loser. There’s no gray area. Now, the problem is people think this is wrong. Rediculous! Losing is the most effective way to develop a winner! I’ve always been told by my trainers that if you never lose you’re not fighting the right people. I can’t tell you how many 20 something year olds I’ve seen come into the gym with multiple degree black belts in Karate, Kung Fu or Taekwondo and get absolutely smashed by some guy who’s only been training a few months.

    August 4, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    • PlsGo

      Tyler, let kids do whatever they want. you sound like a little bitch complaining about how kids dress up for their favorite movies.. who the fuck cares? ok, cool a teenager dresses up for a movie. they are a fan. and if you cant respect what they like, then you’ve got more problems that cant be solved over an internet forum.

      August 5, 2011 at 10:05 pm

      • Tyler Minton

        Haha. I don’t have to respect some 21 year old acting like a wizard anymore than you have to respect my opinion.

        August 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm

        • PlsGo

          It sounds like you are mad that 11 year old Daniel Radcliff made more money than you ever will in a lifetime for dressing up like a fictional story character.

          August 8, 2011 at 3:16 am

          • Tyler Minton

            You’re right. I’ve stated many times publicly how pissed off I am at the actors of the movie series, you idiotic tweaker. In fact, Im only more pissed at your parents for making a mistake all those years ago and breeding. This radio station is getting old- Change the channel. I was asked to write an article on a subject so I did it. You and you’re pathetic buddies spend time on your PCs trolling me because you have nothing better to do. Assess your own pathetic life and end it if the hilight if your day is bashing the 23 year old who is doing things with his life. You’re brave behind the protection of your computer screen but if you said this to my face I’d put you on your back faster than a prostitute with a mortgage. Now, let me get back to my life where I get paid to play while you work just to bring worth to your pathetic existence.

            August 8, 2011 at 6:53 am

  9. sapper09

    Great article, DBT!

    Just read a great Arnold quote which is pretty relevant to this post:

    “Strength does not come from winning. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”

    Fucking oath.

    August 5, 2011 at 8:31 am

    • DBT

      Sapper I think that Arnold quote is from the movie Pumping Iron. If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend it. You can get the whole movie on youtube. He has another good line that I’m going to butcher because I don’t remember it exactly but it’s something along the lines of “I’m not afraid to pass out in the gym. I’ve thrown up several times from training and I don’t care. It’s those last couple hard reps that make your muscles grow”.

      August 5, 2011 at 2:49 pm

  10. N2E

    World on Fire is absolutely correct.
    Too many people use their children as a means to self-gratification.
    Look what my child can do, look at how many medals, awards, trophies, or G.P.A. little Suzie or little Johnnie has.
    Competition and the thrill of achievement, or the pain of defeat, should be instilled in every child. I had a discussion about cursing in front of children and I think it’s around the same parameters.
    Sheltering a kid from the realities of everyday life will do nothing but create a weak, self-indulgent individual with really nothing remarkable to contribute to society.
    I see so many kids like this where I live. Everything is handed to them and every loss or bad grade is the result of someone else failing, not their own.
    Working as a police dispatcher we rarely encountered those “whiny” individuals because it was in a very poor, crime ridden area, but occasionally we would get the spoiled Widener kid who felt that the officer was in the wrong and their mommy or daddy were going to sue.

    August 5, 2011 at 9:06 am

  11. WhatAboutJason

    Dude. Best post I’ve read in a long time. And the picture is priceless. Did you google “trophies that look like a huge cock?” Anyway you are so right. I am from that little league generation and everyone my age expects some kind of reward just for waking up in the morning. Whatever happened to working hard?

    August 6, 2011 at 8:45 am

  12. Tyler Minton

    DBT,
    I’m interested in knowing what exactly spawned this article? Recent event?

    August 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm

  13. DBT

    Tlyer
    Nothing in particular really. JP asked if I’d be interested in writing a couple articles and a couple ideas popped into my head, this being one of them.

    N2E
    We have the poor crime ridden areas too, and I’ll take their disdain for the police over the entitlement any day.

    August 6, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    • Tyler Minton

      I hope you continue writing man. JP tells me great things about you and I look forward to your future insights. Thanks for your public service brother. It takes a far braver man than myself to wake up every morning and risk his life catching the bad guys.

      August 8, 2011 at 6:56 am

      • PlsGo

        The problem is you’re focusing on the things in life that don’t really matter. When I was a kid I had hopes and dreams. We all did. But over time, the daily grind gets in the way and you miss the things that really matter, even though they are right in front of you, staring you in the face. I think the next time you should ask yourself “Am I on the right track here?”. I don’t mean to be rude but people like you I really pity. So maybe you could use the few brain cells you have and take advantage of the knowledge I have given you now. Good luck.

        Im laughing so hard at your empty threats. Its those people that say anything related to “but if you said this to my face” that dont have the balls to do anything to anyone in person. I think your skinny early 20s frame is too small for your ego. Maybe you should buy SWOLE and learn how to get bigger without adding bodyfat.

        August 8, 2011 at 11:08 am

        • I’m sorry your hopes and dreams as a kid were shattered but must you be jealous that I’m actually living mine? Generally, when one is not wanting to be rude they dont conduct themselves in the manner in which you did. You’re right, all those guys like Muhhamad Ali and Mike Tyson never got anywhere making public threats- Imagine where those guys would’ve made it in life if you’d gotten to them first with your brain cells speech… I’m a little disturbed that either you or your significant other was Google Image searching me but I guess in some circles a 6′, 215lb guy who can still see his abs is skinny. It’s important to remember however that as you state, you already bombed out on living your dreams. I however have not and my dream involves using my “skinny frame” to continue rising in the ranks of professional MMA. I’m sorry my size doesn’t live up to your big kid standards but hey man, at least you must be bigger and older than me so maybe that’ll take you somewhere in life…

          August 8, 2011 at 11:38 am

      • DBT

        I know JP said he’s headed your way soon. Maybe I can make the next trip. If not let me know when you’re up this way and we’ll meet up

        August 8, 2011 at 10:54 pm

  14. Kev

    Dude is right. As a cop myself, the phenomenon of self entitlement has generated some pussies as of lately. You are not a unique and beautiful snowflake…

    August 6, 2011 at 9:16 pm

  15. DSchmale

    You can win every WOD but someday some college ball player somewhere will throw you like a kite and wake you up to the reality that being the best loser isn’t the same as being a winner. Bulking to 230 however is winning like Sheen. Well done DBT.

    August 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm

  16. RoboCop

    DBT- From one cop to another GREAT article bro! Stay safe and I look forward to reading future articles!

    PlsGo- I’m a Patrol Sergeant/Master SWAT Operator and have been “on the job” for 18 years. I’m also a U.S. Army combat veteran and MMA fighter. Tyler is one of my MMA coaches and my strength and conditioning coach/nutritionist. I can assure you that if you met him face to face you would, indeed, be “on your back quicker than a prostitute with a mortgage!” I’m 42 yrs old and have done things in my life that you only fantasize about after watching the latest trailer for Call of Duty! I’m a “Sheep Dog” and have been my entire adult life, so allow me to impart some wisdom based entirely on the aforementioned and your arrogant attitude…FUCK OFF!!!!

    August 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm

  17. N2E

    PlsGo….I take it you like to wear some heels from time to time eh? If you’re a female, I apologize, but I assume you’re a “male”. Most likely if what Tyler said offended you you have some own soul searching yourself. You really should do some research on the people you speak of though, you were pretty wrong on everything you said.
    Good luck in life.

    August 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm

  18. DBT

    Gents

    Thanks for the positive responses. I wasn’t sure if it made sense but I guess it did at least a little. Good to see so many cops on here getting their swole on. Hopefully I can think of something interesting enough for the second article.

    August 8, 2011 at 10:45 pm

  19. Truck

    Tyler I don’t think you understand how talented PlsGo is. He’d probobly give your fists a good beating with his face if you too ever meet up.

    August 11, 2011 at 8:47 pm

  20. Truck

    Tyler I don’t think you understand how talented PlsGo is. He’d probobly give your fists a good beating with his face if you too ever meet up.

    DBT-great write up. Looking forward to more.

    August 11, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    • You can’t teach that…

      August 13, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    • PlsGo

      Im only 3 years older than Tyler, but i guarantee you that i triple his yearly salary. And in the real world, thats all that matters.

      August 14, 2011 at 2:36 am

  21. Tyler Minton

    Ouch. Deep wound bro- I’m not sure what world you’re living in, but in my world a yearly salary means as much to me as your broken dreams and self esteem. Let’s say for instance you do in fact make 3x my salary. I made 1/3 of your salary playing a couple of hours a day. I’m crazy rich man…

    August 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    • PlsGo

      ok then. have fun living a mediocre life while i make 200k a year. you aren’t a pro fighter. post some clips. put up or shut up.

      August 15, 2011 at 2:52 am

      • Oh, I do have fun and my life is far from mediocre… Pop another Zanex and go back to work. You really are the poster child for eugenics. Even though I don’t know you, I feel like I do- You’re the guy I saw at the theatre when I began writing my article. You’re the guy DBT saw strung out on drugs because money cant by self worth. If I’m not a professional fighter someone needs to tell JP- He’s going to be pissed when he finds out hes invested so much time and money into sponsering me all for nothing. You should also inform the promoters of the shows I’m fighting for on 9/9 and 10/22. They need to know my professional license is fake and they’re illegaly paying me. Man… Just think- I’ve fooled so many people and all it took was a 20 something year old with low self esteem and a chip on his shoulder to figure it out. If working the alleys for $200K/year in single bills doesnt work out, you should pursue a career in investigation. You’re not Google savvy but I’m sure they’ll find a place for you…

        August 15, 2011 at 7:10 am

        • PlsGo

          You swine. You vulgar little maggot. Don’t you know that you are pathetic? You worthless bag of filth. As we say in Texas, I’ll bet you couldn’t pour piss out of a boot with instructions on the heel. You are a canker. A sore that won’t go away. I would rather kiss a lawyer than be seen with you.

          You are a fiend and a coward, and you have bad breath. You are degenerate, noxious and depraved. I feel debased just for knowing you exist. I despise everything about you. You are a bloody nardless newbie twit protohominid chromosomally aberrant caricature of a coprophagic cloacal parasitic pond scum and I wish you would go away.

          You’re a putrescence mass, a walking vomit. You are a spineless little worm deserving nothing but the profoundest contempt. You are a jerk, a cad, a weasel. Your life is a monument to stupidity. You are a stench, a revulsion, a big suck on a sour lemon.

          You are a bleating fool, a curdled staggering mutant dwarf smeared richly with the effluvia and offal accompanying your alleged birth into this world. An insensate, blinking calf, meaningful to nobody, abandoned by the puke-drooling, giggling beasts who sired you and then killed themselves in recognition of what they had done.

          I will never get over the embarrassment of belonging to the same species as you. You are a monster, an ogre, a malformity. I barf at the very thought of you. You have all the appeal of a paper cut. Lepers avoid you. You are vile, worthless, less than nothing. You are a weed, a fungus, the dregs of this earth. And did I mention you smell?

          If you aren’t an idiot, you made a world-class effort at simulating one. Try to edit your writing of unnecessary material before attempting to impress us with your insight. The evidence that you are a nincompoop will still be available to readers, but they will be able to access it more rapidly.

          You snail-skulled little rabbit. Would that a hawk pick you up, drive its beak into your brain, and upon finding it rancid set you loose to fly briefly before spattering the ocean rocks with the frothy pink shame of your ignoble blood. May you choke on the queasy, convulsing nausea of your own trite, foolish beliefs.

          You are weary, stale, flat and unprofitable. You are grimy, squalid, nasty and profane. You are foul and disgusting. You’re a fool, an ignoramus. Monkeys look down on you. Even sheep won’t have sex with you. You are unreservedly pathetic, starved for attention, and lost in a land that reality forgot.

          And what meaning do you expect your delusionally self-important statements of unknowing, inexperienced opinion to have with us? What fantasy do you hold that you would believe that your tiny-fisted tantrums would have more weight than that of a leprous desert rat, spinning rabidly in a circle, waiting for the bite of the snake?

          You are a waste of flesh. You have no rhythm. You are ridiculous and obnoxious. You are the moral equivalent of a leech. You are a living emptiness, a meaningless void. You are sour and senile. You are a disease, you puerile one-handed slack-jawed drooling meatslapper.

          On a good day you’re a half-wit. You remind me of drool. You are deficient in all that lends character. You have the personality of wallpaper. You are dank and filthy. You are asinine and benighted. You are the source of all unpleasantness. You spread misery and sorrow wherever you go.

          I cannot believe how incredibly stupid you are. I mean rock-hard stupid. Dehydrated-rock-hard stupid. Stupid so stupid that it goes way beyond the stupid we know into a whole different dimension of stupid. You are trans-stupid stupid. Meta-stupid. Stupid collapsed on itself so far that even the neutrons have collapsed. Stupid gotten so dense that no intellect can escape. Singularity stupid. Blazing hot mid-day sun on Mercury stupid. You emit more stupid in one second than our entire galaxy emits in a year. Quasar stupid. Your writing has to be a troll. Nothing in our universe can really be this stupid. Perhaps this is some primordial fragment from the original big bang of stupid. Some pure essence of a stupid so uncontaminated by anything else as to be beyond the laws of physics that we know. I’m sorry. I can’t go on. This is an epiphany of stupid for me. After this, you may not hear from me again for a while. I don’t have enough strength left to deride your ignorant questions and half baked comments about unimportant trivia, or any of the rest of this drivel. Duh.

          The only thing worse than your logic is your manners. I have snipped away most of what you wrote, because, well… it didn’t really say anything. Your attempt at constructing a creative flame was pitiful. I mean, really, stringing together a bunch of insults among a load of babbling was hardly effective… Maybe later in life, after you have learned to read, write, spell, and count, you will have more success. True, these are rudimentary skills that many of us “normal” people take for granted that everyone has an easy time of mastering. But we sometimes forget that there are “challenged” persons in this world who find these things more difficult. If I had known, that this was your case then I would have never read your post. It just wouldn’t have been “right”. Sort of like parking in a handicap space. I wish you the best of luck in the emotional, and social struggles that seem to be placing such a demand on you.

          August 16, 2011 at 2:09 am

          • Goods

            PlsGo- Did you Google “3rd grade insults” or meet a poet through a glory hole?

            August 16, 2011 at 8:53 am

          • whatever

            for the record, I guess he is google competent:

            http://www.ultimateflame.com/

            September 1, 2011 at 10:40 pm

  22. MynameisEarl

    Wow. Tyler wins

    Professional Fighter- 1
    Guy with a fake job and daddy issues- 0

    August 16, 2011 at 8:50 am

  23. Worth

    I didn’t get a trophy when I played baseball either, I grew up fat, and joined the Marines in ’05. I’m out now, have gone through some struggles in my two years since I’ve been out. I’m waiting for that time I can pick myself up from my boot laces and get back into things I once loved to do (weightlifting, football, etc). This may have been the article that’s helped me do that. Thanks for the great write and an awesome picture DBT.

    August 17, 2011 at 10:11 am

    • Tyler "Melee" Minton

      Thanks for your military service dude! The Devil Dog in you will push you wherever you’ll let it. Good luck brother!

      August 18, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    • DBT

      Thanks for your sevice. PM me I’d like to talk to you

      August 19, 2011 at 6:24 am

      • Worth

        I don’t know how to PM someone, but I’m on the forum now. I searched DBT and didn’t find your username. I’ve been pretty busy starting school so sorry I am just now seeing this.

        September 9, 2011 at 4:04 pm

  24. DBT

    I think I just google imaged “stupid trophy” and this was one of the results. Made me laugh

    August 19, 2011 at 6:21 am

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