Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Pro Sports--what's the point?

When we were younger people, participating in organized sports activities, a general life’s dream, or idealistic goal at that point, is commonly held among beginning athletes: reaching the professional ranks. We collectively want to play pro ball. And as we travel together along this linear time continuum, we notice the astronomical salaries attached to the athlete’s vocation have risen; we wish we could have gotten our big breakthrough to pay dirt.

I wanna be like Mike; hoop dreams tend to be akin to pipe dreams. And amateur softball leagues are full of guys living not only in the twilight years of their athletic potential, but also saturated with reality.

We get distracted at a young age by the fame and fortune “offered” by the big leagues. Some parents invest heavily in the hope that their little slugger could be a superstar-in-waiting, or maybe merely an athlete of professorial journeyman status. What will the future unfold for the sporty progeny?

Professional sports is big business, and also enormously entertaining. But which came first, the chicken or the egg? In this example of the age-old question, the entertainment appeal has dictated that the booming ball business become a behemoth fixture of American culture. Is there another aspect of so-called American culture that might rival sports for superlative cultural relevance? Even a holiday like Thanksgiving, American by definition, a day of profound expressions of gratitude, centers around our concurrent rooting for or against the Cowboys.

Professional sports is not a realistically viable career path for the vast majority of young athletes. However, having an interested eye pointed at the various sporting arenas is an easy hobby to practice; it doesn’t take much effort to be a spectator of sports’ contests. So aside from arguably amounting to about all there is to mainstream American Culture, what else could there be to the point or greater purpose of pro sports? Let’s do a bit of Calculus. Don’t be alarmed; I’ll do the extrapolations.

History has a nifty manner of repeating itself. By this, notions of three-peats and championship dynasties may come to mind. But what about Ancient Rome, The Imperial Empire? Wouldn’t all modern pro sports be allegorical gladiatorial shows? We have all heard the comparison of football, American football, being analogous to gladiator sports. But what of the dismissed balance of pro sports? Aren’t they all modern versions of gladiator events? One could argue that professional sports in its entire splendor, is a contemporary industry, based on the Roman government putting on the gladiator shows.

Professional sports serves up action, drama, suspense, and sometimes even mystery. These are the basic elements of everything that’s engrossingly entertaining. Have you ever known anyone whose personal self-identity is loosely, but essentially based on a pro sports franchise? Methinks there may be more purpose than entertainment value in the matter of trying to determine the point of pro sports. What do you think?

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nothing but organized competition and a source of gambling....lot of money wagered on sports betting!!!! Its not even interesting to watch any more....salaries of over paid juiced up players take the excitement away.

Anonymous said...

Methinks you are OVER thinking sports.

Anonymous said...

Hey JT I was over there on Assburro's Blog and Assburro was in attack mode in full force last night attacking Councilman Dodd, Holloway and Cannon. It's obvious that Bob Culver is using Assburro as his attack dog because that is crux of the attack. He is showing a blurry picture of the councilman on his laptop accusing him of "surfing the internet" during the work session on the employee handbook. You can not tell what is on the laptop so to accuse someone of surfing the internet is obviously an attack because they said it "might be facbook." Then showed a picture of his phone and said he was "texting or playing on his phone." Bob Culver actually took pictures from pac 14 and sent them to Joe. Then there was the comments of when Joe Holloway and Bob were friends but now Joe Holloway has turned against Bob. They went on talking about the council should let Bob do his job and to vote out the council. The last time I checked it was Bob Culver that needed to be voted out. They started talking about John Cannon using retirees to work on the employee handbook. Well I'm not sure but who should be a committee to work on the handbook? You can tell it's a hit piece for Bob because Bob doesn't want the council working on the employee handbook, I've heard him say that several times. He went on to defend John Hall saying that John Hall was the only good councilman. John Hall turned on his colleagues at the last minute because Bob Culver went to him to get a friend to vote against the budget. And now that is all he has is one friend on the council. Why did John Hall turn on his colleagues? The reason is John Hall wanted to be the Council President this year and the majority voted against him. Bob Culver is on sneaky individual that needs to be voted out of office. Using the worst and most hated blogger in Salisbury to do his dirty work. It's getting close to re-election time and Bob is getting scared to death the John Cannon is going to run against him and beat him. Bob Culver is running scared and Joe is running scared because he knows his precious Jen is going to lose her management job.

Anonymous said...

This writer just rambles and rambles, what's your point?

Anonymous said...

what's the point? pro sports are fun as shot to watch because the players are like superheroes. What I see here is a shlub who got fired out of salvations army and can't play ball worth a fart bitching and whining

Anonymous said...

10:57 don't be sour grapes because the article writer is more articulate than you are....sounds like a lot of jealousy on your part....LOL or you are really just his fan????

Anonymous said...

If you don't want your kid to play sports don't let them but don't try to sway sports lovers.

Anonymous said...

I think much of pro sports is little more than bread and circuses for the masses to distract them their responsibilities as citizens. That's not an original idea BTW. It was first called bread and circuses. Today the term used is "fat and happy."

Anonymous said...

I wanted to be like Pete Rose. You know having some "fixer" bring me 15-16 year old girls for a night's fun. [I was no older than than Pete's girls, so it was legal for me not so much for Pete.
this new info puts a new spin on the hustle part of "
"Charlie Hustle."

Anonymous said...

8:42 Love your take on the article. So riveting that JT felt it necessary to give it its own post. There's two poor choices.