I'm not a big sports person. Sorry. Never have been. Never will. I get inspired by the stories of certain athletes and root for them as individuals, but mostly because I take interest in the human condition, and not the team itself.
That said, although I am often baffled by the frenzy of interest in sports, I realize that I am the oddity here and accept that, but there is one little part of the sports world that I wish those of us in the justice system could adopt.
No, not jerseys that identify us with a particular team. We have that, it's called
No, I think we should have those victory t-shirts. You know, the ones that people stand in line for at the sporting goods stores! The overpriced ones that sell out fast! The ones that proclaim our accomplishment proudly across the front or back for all to read!
But instead of saying, "2014 NCAA Champions!" our shirts would read:
"Life in Prison!"
"Justice Was Served!"
And I think everyone involved in the entire justice process should get to wear them! Everyone! From the witness who called 911, to the jury members, to the file clerk who copies boxes and boxes of documents on the case. Every little cog in the wheel of the justice.
Okay, so maybe our slogans aren't as catchy, and yes, twenty years from now, no one will remember or even care about our accomplishments, but don't you SEE, THAT'S WHY WE NEED THE SHIRTS, So SOMEONE WILL KNOW THAT WE ACCOMPLISHED SOMETHING GREAT IN OUR LIVES! We brought justice to the victim! I know it's not something as special as the SUPERBOWL, but it's still something. Don't you think?
I know, it's not nearly as newsworthy as what football players do in their personal lives, but it keeps us coming back to work the next day. Or that could be the paycheck. Yeah, some days it's the paycheck that does that. . .
Still, some cases stand out. Some victims cry for justice in our dreams. And so while someone else slips on their "2014 Superbowl Champs" t-shirt and heads out to the sports bar, I, and countless other cogs in the wheel of justice will happily wish we could wear our team shirt that reads:
"75 years! No Chance Of Parole!"
But since that's in bad taste, we don't get to do that. Still, we can dream.