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A Sports Rant

February 9th, 2020 at 08:29 pm

I'm starting this with a disclaimer...I'm not a sports person. Don't beat me up over this, OK? I know people like different sports. I think in many cases sports can be a great thing. But it seems like it is being taken to an extreme.

OK, now that I've explained that, this is my rant. I know people like sports. I get that is interests them and it is entertainment. But I worry that sports has taken over.

I grouse often on the weekend because a sports program will run over and the program I want to watch is either delayed or not shown at all. We only get two local news on Saturdays and Sundays, one at prime time, and then one at ten. Heaven help us if there is a sports program on in the afternoon and another in the evening and then there is no news. Yes, I know, I can catch the national/world news online. But our local station doesn't broadcast theirs online if there's a sports program.

Then there's the issue of how sports events seem to take priority over family things. A friend's mother died and her daughter-in-law and granddaughter couldn't attend the funeral because there was a game the granddaughter played in. The athlete's mom is now bragging how her daughter is playing with 103.5 fever. I bet the other players and parents are thrilled to hear that. Why has sports become so all consuming?

My husband likes to watch sports. I do not. I don't deny him that pleasure. I get that people like to watch, participate, and talk sports. A number of years ago a pastor at a church we used to attend would bring up a sports reference in every sermon. I nicely told him that not everyone cared for sports and perhaps he should vary it to keep the interest of those of us who aren't interested. Being the know it all that he was, he said everyone liked sports. There were times when he referenced something in a football game that I had to ask my husband to explain after church. Needless to say I didn't get much out of that sermon.

It's like sports has become a religion. Guess I'm a nonbeliever.

Thanks for letting me rant.

5 Responses to “A Sports Rant”

  1. Kymberlee Fisher Says:

    I personally AM a sports fan. A big one. However, even I find it annoying when
    a televised event runs over and throws the prime time viewing schedule off track.

  2. Lucky Robin Says:

    I don't care for national or college ball sports at all. I always have felt that the only games worth watching are the ones where you know the kids playing or your own kids are playing in. I am always glad when the Seahawks flags go down in town. I find them so obnoxious, especially when they are flown at the same level as the American flag. Drives me crazy.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Of course, there is no way to keep a live event such as sports exactly on track, particularly due to time outs for injuries, and review of plays by refs for example. The fans want to see these live, not on playback after they have already heard the score. It's of course your right to rant, but it's a unique type of event that has many factors that cannot be controlled. Of course, the media always meets their obligation to advertisers during those events...because contracts and money! I do watch some sports, but I don't watch network television outside of that. I have adjusted to finding my news and entertainment in other forms and it's much more satisfying!

  4. Laura Says:

    I’m guilty of being the bragging mom with the sick kid. My daughter was a competing Irish dancer who trained intensively for the Mid-America Championships. She recalled and placed in the top 25% with a 103.5 temp. My bragging was more to show her dedication and ability to perform.

    And if the granddaughter missed her grandmother’s funeral, she most likely is a high school athlete counting on a scholarship for college. My youngest is a freshman in high school who played varsity this year and he’ll most likely play in college on scholarship. If a recruiter it scouter would be at a particular game, that’s where he’d be.

  5. LifeBalance Says:

    I hear you. I rarely watch TV so I'm not inconvenienced by that. But I have an example: When we first moved to this town, DS1 made the baseball all-star team for the first time. All-star season lasts most of the summer, and it just so happened that we had a family vacation planned during that summer. I could never have imagined what a big deal that was. We told the coach at the beginning of the season which week he'd be missing, and he let us know that there was an important (to him) tournament during that time. We found out later that while we were on vacation, there was a parents meeting to discuss whether DS1 should be kicked off the team since he obviously wasn't committed. Someone stood up for him because he was one of the top players so he wasn't removed and we only found out through the grapevine about the meeting. But wow - how dare we prioritize family time above BASEBALL!

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