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Why Sports?

Posted on: February 25, 2008 12:53 pm
 

Recently I've been getting a lot of flack for my passion for sports and I'd just thought I'd put  my reasons out here.  First of all people are stupid.  Not necissarily everyone but, when you get a group of people together they somehow become profoundly dumb.  Examples: driving, put a bunch of people together on the road and you have traffic jams and accidents; congress, self explanitory; eagles fans, also self explanitory (but this could really be applied to any group of drunken sports fans).  However many sports is the attempt to go beyond the stupid heard mentality.  Put several joe shmoes on the basketball court or football field and you have chaos.  Put a bunch of consumate professionals being lead by a good coach on the court or field and you have magic, art and people rising above mere humanity.  Also sports is a celebration of the pinnicle of human ability.  The amount of time, energy, pain combined with the genetics that have arisen through evolution and the top athletes are closer to superheros than the average couch surfer.  Watching Prince Fielder crush a baseball, Dwight Howard throw down a Jam or Steve Smith bust a 65 yard touchdown reception is watching the peak of humanity perform.  These people are truly the best of the best.  They are singular performers that do what only they can do, of the millions upon millions of people on this planet only these few can do what they do.  So when I watch sports, I'm not just cheering on my team or that player, I'm celebrating humanity in its perfection.

Category: General
Tags: Humanity, Life, Sports
 
Comments

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: July 24, 2008 8:58 pm
 

Why Sports?

Honestly, that is exactly why I got into coaching after I was done competing!



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2008 3:16 pm
 

Why Sports?

good stuff man

 

moving




Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2008 10:07 pm
 

Why Sports?

Very nice.

Powerful. I can feel the emotion




Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: March 19, 2008 12:35 pm
 

Why Sports?

I wasn't saying all people are stupid.  There is brilliance in the world.  Just groups of people tend to be dumb.  Most of the really dumb things in humanity have been done by groups of people.  Put a group of relatively intelligent people together and most of the time something stupid will be accomplished or said.  It's the heard mentality, go with the crowd, no matter how dumb the things they're doing are.



Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: March 19, 2008 8:35 am
 

Why Sports?

Very interesting points RunninUte.
But not ALL people are stupid. There are a few bright spots in a world of darkness & stupidity.
Classical music and Reinicansse painters

Classical music composers were quite intellegent. (Thus, the people who listen to classical/baroque
music are somewhat intellegent...)

Beethovan, Handel, Rachmoninov, Vivaldi, etc

Have you heard Four Seasons? (by Vivaldi) Simply mind-blowing!


The Reinancasse (I don't remember how it is spelled)
Michaelangelo and the painting of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Getting back to sports, the subject at hand...
I completely agree with you and your statement that sports is a celebration of the human ability
Of course, I hope that that human ability has come by legal means; hard work, practice, etc...not chemical
enhancements

Greg Maddux pitching. Ichiro hitting. Jason Kidd running the point.
3 examples of humanity at its peak performance level


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