Friday, September 09, 2005

Thank God For Sports

On ESPN Radio this morning, Mike & Mike In The Morning read a portion of a column by John Seracino...in this column, Seracino suggests that the NFL is wrong in going ahead with the first week of the NFL regular season in light of the devastation from that evil woman, Katrina...he suggests that it is somehow disrespectful to those that have suffered and are suffering...I couldn't disagree more...when I heard them speaking about this, I tried feebly to put myself in the shoes of those that have lost everything...I imagined myself living back in Cleveland, Ohio and having a massive tornado or a freak tsunami on Lake Erie come through and wipe out the city and surrounding areas...my house has been flattened and I have been forced to relocate to another state...and now, the NFL is getting ready to start the season...what would feel better to me: for pro football to take a symbolic week off, or to escape for a while at a sports bar watching the Browns play (and probably lose)?...the choice is easy...sports are ultimately meaningless, but for those of us that are sports fans, they become the fabric of our lives, the blood that runs through our veins, the air that we breathe...what other activity allows grown men that have never met each other to hug and high-five each other or cry together depending on how 'their team' does?...sports is transcendant and lets us step away from the horrors of real life for a few hours...let the games continue...

2 comments:

Steve said...

So well spoken, Mike. Because sports are truly meaningless, to attempt to give them meaning by not playing the games in some kind of act of recognition of a disaster, for example, makes them not only meaningless but presumptious and silly. It's like saying: I'm not eating this Ho-Ho because a hurricane hit New Orleans. Duh. Let the games begin.

Anonymous said...

Well spoken, Steve. It takes a Clevelander to appreciate the meaninglessness of professional sports.