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Response to LooseWilly (Reply #22)

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 03:11 PM

58. "Enjoy all you want though."

 

Wow, thanks LooseWilly!

"I doubt sports, without the misconception that they are more important that other subjects with similarly complex statistical analyses performable, are any basis for criticism in-and-of-themselves by Chomsky." - It sounded to me like Chomsky had a lot of negative things to say about sports aside from his misplaced priorities argument. He was criticizing the participation in sports itself. Listen to it again. I didn't hear any positives. Maybe they came later. There are many positives about sports and imo they far outweigh the negatives. In fact, sports can be a fun tool to teach children math skills including statistical analysis. But isn't it the big picture stuff that really matters (Bush lying about Iraq, the ME is about the oil, Wall Street is a casino that endangers the world economy, U.S. priorities are out of whack, the Democrats are nearly as bought and paid for as the GOP), not your property taxes, and they don't require complex statistical analysis in order to understand them.

"No need to delude yourself into thinking the winning or losing of 'your' team 'really matters'" - It matters to me. Do you think people like myself who enjoy sports delude themselves into thinking that the winning of my team matters wrt world affairs or poverty? Nobody really thinks that way. People have the capacity to multi-task and to distinguish entertainment from reality and well-rounded people have room for both in their lives. Look at the cinema's golden age, America's great diversion of the 30's and 40's. Just because people cried in theaters during Gone With the Wind didn't mean they had no more emotional capital left for the suffering associated with the Great Depression or events in Europe and Asia. Sometimes what drives people to seek diversion in life is the sense that they are powerless to effect change on the big stage, whether or not they fully understand the issues. For example, our great change agent president revealing himself to be a status quo agent does not motivate me to crunch numbers on some minute political issue.

We have big problems in this society and sports isn't one of them.

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