The Sporting Life

Yesterday, the 49ers lost the Super Bowl.  I didn’t care.  A few weeks ago, Stanford won the Rose Bowl.  I didn’t care about that either.

Football is the most popular sport in America, but I just don’t get it.  So brutal to watch the players hurting each other.  Who can understand the rules?  And to sit out in the cold and the rain?  Uch.

Actually, I don’t enjoy to watch any sports.  Except the Olympics.  And even then, only the girl’s gymnastics for the summer and the girl’s figure skating for the winter.

And I really don’t care who wins or loses.  Well, I did think it would be nice if Nancy Kerrigan won the gold medal for the skating after that nasty Tonya Harding’s husband smashed up Nancy’s knee.  And, yes, it did give me a moment of pleasure to see Aly Raisman — such a nice Jewish girl — win the gold for the gymnastics on the floor — performing to Hava Nagila no less!

Even so, I really didn’t care.  I mean, the sports doesn’t affect my life in any way.  It doesn’t affect the life for anyone of my acquaintance.

Still, I have been to enough live games and game parties to see that a lot of people really do care who is winning.  It is something for them much more than the passing entertainment of a movie or a concert.  They are following the sports like the way I am following the elections.

They are studying the game schedule like I am studying the primary schedule.  The are reading the ESPN sports blogs like I am reading Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog.  They are cheering when their team scores like I am cheering when Ohio gets called for Obama.

It is my inclination to feel that politics is the more worthy pursuit.  That who gets elected really matters.  To our daily lives.  To our nation’s future.  To the whole world.  The fans tell me the sports makes just as big a difference.  That a winning team makes for positive impact on the economy.  That it lifts the morale for the municipality.  They say “you gotta believe”.

But maybe it’s like believing in G-d or learning a language.  If you didn’t get it when you were young, you are just not very likely to pick it up later in life.

© 2013 Jaclyn Schrier. All rights reserved.

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