"For what its worth, its worth all the while"

This is part two of my deeper side of sports, pieces: Part one is here: http://sportingglobe.blogspot.com/2009/04/lure-of-draft-passion-is-sight-unseen.html

Many blindly devoted sports fans never hear or consider the point of sports and competition. Something drives a fan and athlete to participate in such a nostalgic way of life that sports has become. There are certain people that say something to the likes of, "Why do so many people follow sports?," and, "What is the point of it." Well in a way there is no point, but that's what makes it so great. The values from sports competition are much deeper than the average fan, and non fan can comprehend.

What we choose to devote our time to is up to each individual, whether it is sports, writing, photography, music The end result of a high school baseball game in Chicago, Illinois may not matter to anyone outside of the city limits. It is rather doubtful in any capacity that this outcome affects anyone in Asia, Europe, or even other states like California, and Alabama. So what is the point of it all some critics might say?

If sports are your passion then is not every moment completely worth it? Who is a person to question someone's passion. The thrill of competition and drive to succeed are what make sports such an amazing thing. The scope in which sports are played are also intriguing. Competitions are on a certain stage, and your performance is limited to that stage.

In non professional sports at least, what happens on the field stays on the field. How you perform does not define you as a person or impact your day to day life if kept within the scope of the game. Sports are a struggle, but not a struggle of life. The struggle in sports allows someone to escape the struggles of life to be involved with something that regardless of the result, is good. A lost game will not change a young athlete's life but it will drive them to continue competing. Losing is not a means to an end, but a means to a drive towards something greater than yourself.

For the fans watching this struggle occur daily is what keeps them drawn to their teams. Living or dying for your team lets you reach for that value that makes humanity selfless. Attending a sporting event lets you escape the grind of daily life and immerse yourself in the struggle for success in a controlled environment. Success or failure will stir your emotions, but in the reality of it all the outcome is left at the ballpark, stadium, pitch, or field as you leave. You will leave satisfied or dissatisfied if your team wins or loses, but you do not lose your passion for the competition.

Competition is what makes sports great. If a sport does not challenge an athlete, or team to better themselves, or prove themselves better than another team then it might be worthless. There is not a sport that does not challenge individuals however, which is why sports are great. Living in the moment of competition makes every minute preparing for this moment entirely worth it. The hours in the weight room, film room, or practice field are forgotten, but the muscle memory and strategic lessons are not. The great athletes are those that have the keen ability to live within the moment, and are able to play it cool enough to succeed.

These individuals can take their sport for what is worth. Success or failure on the field will not prevent them from returning home to their family, friends, and other loved ones. But making each moment in life important, and living within it is exactly why sports are so valuable. Sports are a lesson in life greater than the games themselves. If someone can learn this lesson then sports are even more valuable in a way that cannot be comprehended. Sports are even valuable if this lesson is lost in the immense complexity sports can often be because they offer the escape from reality, the controlled struggle in a comfortably environment. The ability to draw people together to escape even the most dire circumstances is also a compelling quality sports possess, such as in the 2001 World Series between the Yankees and Diamondbacks shortly after September, 11th. Just miles from ground zero, Yankee Stadium offered fans of baseball in general and escape from one of the most traumatizing single events of the last century.

There are different reasons sports are valuable, and non of which can be applied individually to people. People have their own reasons why they love a sport, different sports, or specific teams. this uniqueness is comparable to the individuality of every person on the planet. Everyone is different, so whose place is it to say if sports are valuable or not to others?

Title: Green Day- "Good Riddance"
Picture: Newsday.com


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