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This is what sports are supposed to be about [May. 29th, 2010|01:11 pm]
Zoethe
Being a geek, I am surrounded by friends who don't get the attraction of sports. And, honestly, it's hard to find a lot to recommend them in the face of multi-million dollar contracts for players and such - what's that got to do with the average person, other than abstract entertainment value?

Then I run into an article like this, and it reminds me that sports are supposed to be about teamwork and helping others excel. I grew up in an era where Little League didn't allow girls to play, but my dad coached and I was enlisted to teach some of the kids how to throw and practice their catching. Baseball was about encouraging each other, not just getting the best for oneself.

Yeah, there's always the ugly side of parents who scream at their own kids, bullying coaches, etc. But the sportsmanship displayed in this story is really touching.

(Thanks to custardfairy for the link!)
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[User Picture]From: kenp_v3
2010-05-29 05:48 pm (UTC)
Awesome story. This is what youth sports should be about. Every parent and coach who tries to push their kids into the "win at all cost" mentality needs to see this story.
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[User Picture]From: phillipalden
2010-05-29 05:56 pm (UTC)
Although I was never the "sporty" type, here in the Bay Area almost every kid played AYSO soccer. It was almost like a religion.

My high school had a lot of athletics also. I wonder how much has been cut since then.

I preferred the photography darkroom or getting stoned with my friends across the street at Stanford University.

But, in general, I think organized sports can be good for kids.
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[User Picture]From: kisekinotenshi
2010-05-29 06:09 pm (UTC)
This is why I don't like most sports but I'll happily watch sports movies. XD

However, as a music geek who's seen WAY too many music programs get budget cuts so sports teams in the same school can get more money for their already over-inflated budgets, I also dislike sports on principal. If the band and choir programs were getting cut to fund new biology labs or something, I'd dislike biology on principal too, but it just happens to be sports. And really, that's the fault of administrators rather than the players, but they're not exactly going out of their way to make it stop either. XP
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[User Picture]From: cyan_blue
2010-05-29 06:21 pm (UTC)
Really nice :)
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[User Picture]From: cynic51
2010-05-29 06:40 pm (UTC)
Am I your only Cleveland-area friend who follows sports? I guess darlox does football, but I think that's about it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-29 08:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that really is it. I grew up in a sports-following household, but that was mostly my mother.
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[User Picture]From: cynic51
2010-05-29 09:33 pm (UTC)
I personally think that the obsessive level of sports love by the populace at large is just a more commonly acceptable form of geekiness. One of the major reasons I love baseball so very much is that mathematical analysis that's being done with, which is a conjunction of geek interests.
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[User Picture]From: kenp_v3
2010-05-29 11:28 pm (UTC)
Baseball statistics are great! More so than in any other sport I think. And yes they are a big point of convergence between sports and geekiness (see: Nate Silver before he decided to start analyzing politics).

I was going to make a joke about Cleveland area sports fans, but I'm not feeling cruel enough tonight. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: cynic51
2010-05-30 03:16 am (UTC)
I live in Cleveland, but root for the Oakland A's, so be my guest :-0
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-30 01:21 am (UTC)
It's true. The true geeks are just as dedicated as the dorkiest Star Trek fan.
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2010-05-29 06:44 pm (UTC)
That's an awesome story. It reminds me of when I was young and went to see games with my granddad: he would stand up and cheer whenever a good play was made, regardless of which team scored (which was not very popular in the factionally-divided stands).

Being able to say that you want to play, even outclassed and definitely going to lose the game, is the best part of it. It takes a lot of courage.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-29 08:33 pm (UTC)
We did that, too. And were huffy right back at the people who objected. And, yeah, those girls had heart.
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[User Picture]From: tormentedartist
2010-05-29 06:48 pm (UTC)
I honestly don't know why people get mad at athletes getting multi million dollar contracts. You never hear about people getting made at team owners for making money. Why should the players not see some of the money that they help generate? SHould it all go to the owners?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-29 08:38 pm (UTC)
No, it should go back into the hands of the fans, by way of ticket prices that aren't astronomical. And I'd like to see a big chunk of that returned from the owner's pocketbooks as well. No one actually needs to be that rich.
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[User Picture]From: tormentedartist
2010-05-29 08:55 pm (UTC)
Well you do make a good point, but on the other hand the fans do it to themselves...if they supported minor league games instead maybe the owners would see that they can't continue charging super high ticket prices.

I bet the owners feel that they need to be that rich.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-29 09:00 pm (UTC)
Actually, minor league ball has a growing following, precisely because major league has become so distant from the community and family feeling that many people associate with baseball. Not just the lower ticket prices, but the intimacy and sense of community is filling up minor league stands in a lot of places. (I read an article on it not long ago!)
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[User Picture]From: tormentedartist
2010-05-29 09:08 pm (UTC)
I guess that is what would be called a market correction: ) Honestly I'm not a sports fan myself, but it always drives me crazy when people complain about the players saleries...and don't say shit about the owners. In a lot of ways the players are just well paid slaves. I mean those guys play not matter what, and the team owners just collect the money.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2010-05-29 06:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link! That was an awesome story!
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[User Picture]From: mb2u
2010-05-29 08:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this, it really helped me today...
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[User Picture]From: ccr1138
2010-05-29 09:01 pm (UTC)
Band was my "sport" in high school, with many of the same benefits.

I used to think sports fans were a bit nuts, but then I realized I like to dress as a Jedi at conventions or fly to other cities just to play D&D for the weekend. So yeah, everybody's entitle to the goofy obsession of their choice. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-05-29 09:14 pm (UTC)
That's what I figure!
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[User Picture]From: stonehenge1121
2010-06-03 05:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I needed that to brighten up my week!
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