Since the dawn of American popular sports those in the age bracket I currently find myself in now, early 30s, have watched the sports titans they've grown up with begin to fade into retirement.
Over the last handful of years men I recall being at the peak of athletic dominance during my high school and college years have accepted enshrinement into their respective sports hall-of-fame. Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, Greg Maddux in baseball. John Stockton, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon in basketball. John Elway, Jerry Rice Michael Strahan in football.
Time marches on. As I sit hear at my keyboard typing this story, the two athletes who have been my favorite as a sports fan and dominated their sports during my teens and twenties like no one else are both preparing to walk away. One confirmed the other assumed. Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, and Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos. the 2015-2016 NBA season has been a send-off party for Bryant, who announced his retirement before the season in an essay on Derek Jeter's Players Tribune website. Manning, who just completed a magical Super Bowl Run while being at best a complimentary piece looks likely to call it a career as well.
Moments like this remind those like myself that we're getting older too and that time does in fact pass everyone by. As I look ahead to say goodbye to two of my sports heroes, I can't help but look back and wonder where the time has gone.
What moment in your life has signified the passage of time and the changing of an era? I'd love to get a conversation going with people around my age as we collectively look back at the times that were and look ahead to being entertained for the first time by a generation younger than us.