Why We Like Sports, Not Politics

1 May

As I read an article about President Obama making derisive jokes about opposing presidential candidates, I couldn’t help but think, “What if sports was like this?” I’m not just singling out Obama; politics in general seems to be biting and derisive, with candidates determined to sour potential voters on their opponents instead of convince them of their own qualifications. Can you imagine a Big 12 coach saying something like, “Well, with that ticket scandal KU has been mired in, I’d imagine it’s somewhere students would want to avoid, especially since their athletes get in fights amongst themselves. Not to mention that idiotic mascot. That’s a hoot!”

No! That would never happen! It’s not as if sports is angelic and does not have its faults – it certainly does – but there is usually a certain amount of respect between coaches and players and other organizations. If you’ve listened to Bill Snyder or Frank Martin, they are always highly complimentary of coaches and programs from other schools. Martin has said that there are coaches with whom he is friends and others with whom he is not close, but the only set he ever talks about is the former.

The message from coaches, 19 times out of 20, is “X, Y, and Z is what this team does well. X, Y, and Z is what our team has been trying to do, so if we execute that properly and bring the right amount of energy, we should have a good chance.”

How refreshing! Instead of bashing the opponent, players and coaches usually focus their comments on what they have been working on and pretty much leave the other team out of it. In fact, another statement you’ll often hear is. “We’re not really we going to worry about them. We just have to do what we can do.”

I’ve really got nothing more substantial than that to say, but as I read that Yahoo! article I realized the underlying reason that I love sports and seriously am not a fan of politics, so I thought I’d share. I might even venture a guess that I’m not the only one.

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