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.
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.
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
Am I your only Cleveland-area friend who follows sports? I guess darlox
does football, but I think that's about it.
Yeah, that really is it. I grew up in a sports-following household, but that was mostly my mother.
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.
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. ;-)
I live in Cleveland, but root for the Oakland A's, so be my guest :-0
It's true. The true geeks are just as dedicated as the dorkiest Star Trek fan.
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.
We did that, too. And were huffy right back at the people who objected. And, yeah, those girls had heart.
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?
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.
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.
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!)
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.
Thanks for the link! That was an awesome story!
2010-05-29 08:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this, it really helped me today...
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. ;-)
Thanks! I needed that to brighten up my week!