reply to post by zerotime
Sports are not news. Sports are forms of diversion. The fact that a whole sector of society makes millions upon millions of dollars controlling a game
that has a rigid set of rules, a limited and rather banal set of physical movements, requiring very specific, narrowly-honed skills, for which
millions are paid to individuals of a certain stature or skill-level who, by virtue of the rule-setting society, are able to make millions for the
owners of individual groupings (i.e., teams) that happen to go by the name of your city or university - all appropriate merchandising included - does
not make the outcome of sporting events "news". At best, this whole set up really makes sports a racket - pure advertising for advertising's
You know what else is not news? Paris Hilton, Perez Hilton, American Idol, Justin Beeber (Sp?), Lindsey Lohan's rehab situation, Oprah's latest
give-away, new Subway "restaurant" openings, or anything else of which the outcome is private, trivial or otherwise promotional.
Sports, like other forms of entertainment, exist to entertain the masses of people. People can be interested in sports - but sports are not news. In
fact, I would argue that the mixing in of sports slowly over the years into the news has probably been one of the biggest reasons that sports (the
watching of them) has become so diversified and inflated.
In the old days, you would play a game of some sort, probably an adaptation on some overlying cultural theme, with your own rules to some extent.
Nowadays, less and less people actually play active games, a cult of rules and by-laws sprang up around a handful of "chosen" games (hockey,
baseball, soccer, football, basketball and so forth) and only that way to play it is the "real" sport. A stick and a can, to be a bit facetious,
would not qualify as "baseball".
The flip of it has been that sports has inundated our lives. I know a whole slew of young men who, on a day of mental clarity, might get angry and
organize against the way they've been screwed by the system. But these young men are so preoccupied with sports that they could not tell you who is
now speaker of the house, what the situation with the various wars is, or why it matters. They only talk about how many runs so-and-so got, how many
touch downs, what's the stats on that dude, was it a hard hit, is he going to retire, retire again, whiffed the last shot with seconds on the clock,
what are their average passing yards during winter away games, they haven't won any home games...ad nauseum.
You all have to admit, it's been a diversion ( meaning "fun", by the way) tactic from the get go. Before all this crap, back in the day, after you
had done all your daily chores or work, you might run down to the ol' swimming hole, chase other kids, throw a ball around or ice skate on a local
Today, we live vicariously through inflated-ego ultra stars who are especially good at a very narrow, not particularly important but highly
specialized activity. We could make a sport for throwing your keys up twenty feet and then catching them...hell, I'm pretty good at that. What about
hammering nails? They probably do at one of those lumberjack contests...
Ask yourselves the following questions:
1. Could baseball have five bases?
2. Could basketball be plated with a vertical ring (no net) rather than a horizontal one?
3. Could football do away with "feet" altogether (no extra point or field goals)?
Of course, but rules were made to sort of cement them as "official". Official rules does not, in my mind, differentiate the Chicago Bulls or Miami
Heat from a couple of ten year olds running around after a ball in a field somewhere in a third world country. It's just fun and exercise. The
difference is the kids will get malaria and the bulls and heat will go on strike over the difference between one million and a couple million dollars.