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What the Heck Has Happened to Sports?

Updated on January 13, 2012
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I will admit right off that I'm not a sports fan. I've often wished I was because it seems like so much fun to root for your team and go to the parties! I have been around this and enjoyed it, but not to any lasting degree. Every day I check out all the various stories on my home page and lately I've noticed that at least a quarter of them have to do with some sport. It used to be about who won what or a player being traded...that kind of thing. Now I've noticed it's about coaches acting inappropriately, players being rude to their fans, violence breaking out during and/or after games, parents fighting, and of course the number of athletes that have been arrested. What the heck has happened to sports?

What used to be a wholesome and pleasurable part of life has now gone so far off that it is filled with anger and bad behavior. Have we really become so engrossed in winning that people are letting their emotions get totally out of control over a game? The violence that erupts at some of these events just horrifies me. What happened to good losers and learning to live with life's disappointments and failures. What happened to good sportsmanship?

Not being a sports fanatic seems to make these headlines even worse. I am no longer envious of people who are die hard fans. If this is what being a sports fan is all about, I'm glad I'm not one. I know this isn't the whole picture, but it seems to be getting more prevalent as time goes by. I've seen at least four stories in the past week about coaches and players insulting their fans. What world do these people live in? Has the fame and power of being major sports figures made them flip their lids? I just don't get it.

I think we have become so obsessed with sports and winning that it has corrupted the original idea of sports. The obvious insight is that this is setting a horrible example to kids. What used to be fun and a good lesson in winning and losing, and acting graciously about both, has been lost. Kids are not learning that anymore. What a sad thing for kids to have lost the true nature of playing sports. The parents who end up fighting over a game are doing such an injustice to their children.

I know there are plenty of good sports fans out there too and good for them. Let's just hope that the unruly, rude, violent bunch (including the players and coaches) are eventually going to be punished for their bad behavior. It's the only way to bring sports back to what it used to be and the important lessons it can teach our children.


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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago

      I'm with you catgypsy. We need more positive role models in the world of sports who actually appreciate the fact they get to live their dream. There is a strange sense of entitlement that is pervading the NBA, NFL, etc. It really is a shame because children look up to these people. Of course I'm not speaking of all athletes and bad fans, but they sure do sour the overall image and I agree it seems to be getting worse by the year. Voted up, awesome, and interesting :)

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      catgypsy 6 years ago from the South

      I've heard of ChaCha, but can't remember what I thought of it. I'll recheck it and email you.

      Thanks for your comments about my writing!

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      3:24 p.m. Wednesday

      Dearest Cat,

      GREAT hub here. Nicely-written; very informative and since I love SEC football, LOVED IT! I didnt find a Contact slot on your profile to email you, but I wanted to ask YOU about this website I found today: ChaCha, where you can be a "guide" for people who ask questions on a daily basis. You sign-up, then somehow you are listed in public domain for people with PC's or cellphones to email you their questions that YOU Google and return the answers to them. Some guy said he made $8-10 dollars an hour. YOu can set your own days and times. Sounds weird, huh? Just look it up and get back to me. Have a Great day and LOVE YOUR WRITING!!!!


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      catgypsy 6 years ago from the South

      Kiela, thanks for the comment. I know what you're saying about the media. And I agree that some people should never have kids, they never grow up themselves! Thanks for reading!

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      Kiela Starcatcher 6 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Interesting topic for a hub. And certainly appropriate these days! I honestly feel that the media plays the biggest part in the behavior of athletes. The media puts the game-winning pressure on, follows these guys into every private area of life, challenges every decision made, exposes every POOR decision made, ridicules everything they do... and very rarely spotlights anything GOOD they do.

      In the "old days," Media and Sports were friends, and we had respect for each of them. We supported both, because we NEEDED both. Media kept us informed about the world around us, and Sports kept our minds off the worst of the world around us. We loved our athletes, and they tried to live up to our expectations and do right by us.

      Sports and Media used to help each other. When one did well, so did the other. Now it's as if they've gotten divorced, and Media's the backstabbing b*tch taking Sports to court and trying to get everything in the settlement! Instead of heroes for our kids to look up to, we're left with either paparazzi-weary shells or ego-maniacal jackasses.

      Then again, maybe it's just another sign that we have way too many of the wrong kinds of people breeding these days... *calls for more bleach in the gene pool!*

      Rated up / depressing. (~_^)