Trying to elicit public sympathy for the travails of our blinged-up, Baby Bentley-driving sports stars seems like the sales equivalent of off-loading ice on the eskimos.
It is one thing for nurses, teachers or BBC journalists to bemoan the burdens placed on them for such meagre rewards, but those cries don't sound quite right coming from the lips of a 22-year-old who owns a £3m mock Tudor mansion in Cheshire.
But it doesn't necessarily make those cries any less valid, particularly when you look at it from the comfort of your armchair.
We have spoken to players' union bosses, coaches and the players themselves from our three major team sports - cricket, football and rugby union - and they have all said the same thing: too much sport is hurting our chances of international success.
It is also shortening players' careers, and it is our very best players whose careers are being shortened most of all.
And that is why all of us who follow sport and want British success should perhaps listen when our heroes tell us they're hurting.
Don't be fooled by England's recent rugby heroics. That was the clearest case of (some) success being despite something as opposed to because of something.
The schedules we expect our potential sporting world-beaters to keep are simply unsustainable. Fatigue, injury and ignominy are the inevitable end products.
Isn't it time we sorted out our interminable club v country rows?
Isn't it time we reduced the amount of domestic football our top stars play?
Isn't it time we gave our very best some time to rest and prepare properly for those events that we care most about?