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Response to Frank Cannon (Reply #11)

Mon Oct 22, 2012, 01:28 PM

97. Can't argue with you about the worship of sports figures. I think it's ridiculous also.

I don't follow sports, and I'm about as athletic as the next snail you see sliming its way across the sidewalk. Lucky enough to marry a guy who didn't have the sports gene. Our kids were into karate instead of the usual school sports - at which they did not excel. So it just hasn't been part of my life. It was actually kind of a rebel pleasure NOT to be involved in - what's it called? Pop Warner or something? Whatever it is for kids' baseball or softball, and kids football or whatever - I don't even know, really. We were just so completely out of it in that regard.

I hate how the whole competition thing leads to such insanity - with parents fist-fighting each other in the stands and this killer competitive shit that is taught in school athletics. I hate how the big money and the hero-worship in this country always seems to go to lunkheads who can do nothing more than throw a ball or run fast or hit something (or someone) instead of to teachers, scientists, Nobel Prize-winners, and peace activists. Total weirdo here, I know. Probably, in many people's eyes, downright un-American. I think our priorities are just so cock-eyed sometimes. But I live with geeks and nerds and our daughter was the great student and our son was the music kid in school and distinguished himself that way. I remember how, in his graduation-class's yearbook, one of the candid shots of him was out on the playground. In the background you could see kids playing and balls bouncing and stuff going on, and there he was, standing there noodling around with his guitar that he brought to school with him sometimes.

I just don't get the hero worship of sports and sports figures. It's never made much sense to me. What's to worship? Abnormally-enlarged musculature? Pituitary cases? Sheer physical mass? We really have to throw such obscene amounts of money at that? It makes other people happy so I'm okay with it, but for me, it's a big fat "meh..."

So Lance Armstrong fell off his exalted bicycle seat. Yawn. When you hero-worship someone, chances are strong that they still have feet of clay just like everybody else. And it's YOU who winds up getting hurt the most. Especially when they cheat, as he evidently did according to the case that's been presented. Frankly, I don't like him for the cavalier way it appeared he treated his women. Sure threw poor Sheryl Crow over rather rudely. As I recall, he did that to his wife, too, some years earlier. Bruce Fucking Jenner did that to his wife after he made it big following his Olympics Decathlon win. And she'd been there for him when he was a nobody, through all the tough times and the long arduous training and she bore his children and held down the fort and kept the faith, and when his ship comes in, BOOM! Their marriage is over and here come the bimbos. SCHMUCK. He deserves how he looks now! So does der Gropenator, for that matter.

I'm always bemused during Super Bowl season and the finals of whatever sport it is or whatever championships there are of this or that. Super Bowl Day for us has always meant a great time to go shopping or something, because everybody's home watching and obsessing the game. And it makes no sense to me to have to sit through the game just to see the commercials.

That said, dear DU brothers and sisters, it's just ME and my weirdness. Go celebrate your sports and have a great time! I won't be there with you, which means there'll just be more room for how you want it!

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