I have never understood bragging. Bas Rutten, one of my idols, always said how stupid it was to brag. Why would you give your opponents ammo against you?
Unfortunately, it has trickled down into the high schools, little leagues, etc. Kids dancing, acting like bitches. Men don't dance, except slow dancing at the prom or a wedding or some shit. As a man, you are not allowed to freaking dance, any fast dance at all. Don't talk about the movies. Sinatra was making money and slaying babes. Dean Martin, too. Forgiven.
But this bragging, calling attention to yourself? I was watching 7 on 7 at my son's high school the other day and this one kid on another team, all 5 foot 6 of him with 11-inch arms and all kinds of ornaments all over him was yelling and screaming, " I'm not from here! I'm not from here!" I'm not sure what that meant, except that watching him play was a joke. He was awful. But he had the type of mouth that youtube loves.
I bet his teammates were all, "Way to have the fire, man, way to be! LET'S GO, MAN! Everybody says, LET'S GO! It drives me batty. Come up with something original, "SMITE THE BASTARDS!" something like that would work. Some originality would be nice. Same old bullcrap.
I'm always writing about being humble. But, you can be a football defensive lineman, and the offensive lineman is holding you and talking to you all game, and then you make a big tackle in the backfield and on your way back to the huddle and you pass by him and mutter, "Yeah, motherfucker." You are still humble then. That's part of the game. But the difference is, you aren't calling attention to yourself, just taking care of business.
I saw two coaches on their phones during a scrimmage the other day. On their phones. During football. I almost jumped off of the bleachers. But that is par for the course for everything these days. Nobody takes anything seriously. All these feelings and stuff. It's all about feelings and that's not cool or manly or anything. It should be about how humble you are, how strong you are, how stoic you are, how hard you work. Stuff like that. Feelings don't count. Sensitivity doesn't count. And bragging certainly doesn't.