Then started the long and weary season. At first they thought that it would just take a bit of time for him to get used to the adult games, that's all. He really became part of the team, as the more experienced players were supporting him. As the time went by, the team slowly noticed that he was not gonna get any faster or better with the puck anymore. After a bit of snooping around, they also found out that he never skated as fast as the parents originally claimed. He also got a bad knee injury during the season, which the insurance did not quite cover, and turned out to be very expensive for the team as a whole. The bad knees run in the family, but he had ignored the fact since he was a kid, so far with no consequences.
The team was naturally thinking what would be the next step to take. One of the managers had read Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers, which claims that 10 000 hours of practice can make you a master in any field. So they thought, what the heck, let's put the guy into some serious training to simply refine the rough edges. It turned out that even though the intention was good, it only ended up making the earlier injuries worse. The parents were also getting mad. How in the earth are they treating their son.
The team knew that if he continued playing, it would end up being expensive, as the injuries he got were the recurring kind. He was still a team player, and some of the other team players really seemed to like him. He also delivered a good fight every now and then, but the real value was not nearly as good as what they would have to pay for him in the future. The parents were already blaming the team for abandonment, even after the team had provided significant financial aid for the family to cover the consequences of the injury. The family should have known in the first place it would not end happily. The team was however worried that if he left, the team spirit could significantly suffer, and they might end up losing so many players that the team would have a hard time playing in the first place. Still, the correct decision was clear, but it wasn't easy, as he had grown to be a big part of the organisation. But deep within, everyone knew, that even though it would hurt him pretty bad in the short term, in long term it would be better for everyone. He would get back on his feet.
Yes, as you probably noticed on the way, the story was about Greece and included some metaphors. I let you guys use your imagination, but I have to reveal that with "a good fight every now and then" I was referring to feta. Kind of proud about that one.
But okay, back to business. Wouldn't it be time to face the reality, even though the decision is extremely hard. Should have done it a long time ago. However, it does seem that the rest of the Europe has given the ball to the Greeks now. It is still a little bit unclear, what the Greeks are voting for next weekend, but it looks like that at least if you ask Juncker, they are voting on whether they want to stay in the euro or not. Looking at google trends, the Greeks are already checking out drachma again:
The rise of Syriza was a sign of anti-euro movement, but it seems like the people of Greece are starting to see behind the Syriza populism. In long term I truly believe it would be more beneficial for them as well to get out of the euro, but it is hard to see the people voting NO when the weekend arrives. And it seems like I am not the only one.