Maybe It's a Good Thing

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"No more games, no more games."
You'd have to be a fan of "Road Warrior" to know why I used this picture and caption.


For some time now, I have been predicting the end of the NFL as we know it due to all of the nonsense that’s going on within the organization, but I just now have come to realize that the same type of cancer has infected the lower levels of sports as well.






source: The Washington Post


A question for schools: Which sports teams should transgender students play on?

Zeam Porter played basketball on the girls team and it always felt like the wrong team, Porter said during the Minnesota State High School League’s public hearing on its proposed transgender policy Wednesday. Porter identifies as transgender and gender non-conforming instead of he or she. (Renee Jones Schneider/AP)


It had been a relatively quiet policy debate until the full-page ad appeared in the local newspaper. “A male wants to shower beside your 14-year-old daughter,” it said. “Are you OK with that?”
The ad, placed by a socially conservative group in Minnesota, was meant to snap attention to a proposal to allow transgender students to play on teams based on their preferred gender rather than the sex assigned to them at birth.
It appears to have worked. More than 100 community members flooded a meeting this week near Minneapolis, and thousands more sent e-mails. In response, the quasi-public body governing high school sports in Minnesotadecided to delay a vote on a new policy covering sports participation by transgender students. Members of the board of directors said they needed more time to study the issue.






We’ve already seen it happen with the NHL.  Nobody watches or cares about it anymore.  Nobody has for years. Why?  Because so few kids play ice hockey anymore.  Oh sure, there’s the limited amount of rich kids whose parents can afford to buy them the thousands of dollars of equipment which they outgrow every other year, drive them all over a 200 mile radius to games, and pay for the expensive indoor ice time, but the masses aren’t there to keep up the general public interested in the sport. More people will watch any particular professional sport if more people actually played the game when they were young.


Gone are the days of kids playing pick up hockey games on frozen ponds, wearing girls figure skates painted black and cardboard stuffed up inside their pant legs for shin guards.


When I was young, you couldn’t go for a ride in the car in the winter without seeing some kids playing a ragtag game of hockey on some pond, drainage ditch, or frozen puddle in the middle of the field.


Those days are gone.  Forty years gone.  Hockey’s dead because so few kids play it, and if the crap described in the above article happens on a large scale, the same thing will happen to football and other sports. Call the kids sexists, homophobes, intolerant, or whatever you want to call them, fewer are going to want to play with people like the one pictured above on their teams, not to mention that if such people are allowed to participate (because of, rather than in spite of their nonconformity), the quality of play is going to suffer.


Maybe it’s a good thing.  It seems to me that the only thing most kids do these days (besides play video games and look at their smart phones) is play sports.  Not that there is anything wrong with sports themselves, but youth athletics has changed from an extracurricular activity enjoyed by the masses, to an all in or all out proposition, taking up about all of a kid's free time, even in the off season.  Youth sports are taken too seriously nowadays and all the fun is gone.  Too many kids (often due to their parents) are pinning their hopes on a college sports scholarship or a career in the pros, but at what price?  Their entire childhood?  It’s not worth it.  Not when the odds are so overwhelmingly against it.


I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again.  Take any activity in which one can make a living at as an adult, (woodworking, auto repair, welding, information technology, cooking, landscape maintenance, taxidermy, or you name it)  If a kid devotes just 25% of his or her time to any of these activities that he or she would have otherwise devoted to sports, they will have marketable, job worthy, skill by the time they graduate high school and they will still be able to have a normal life beyond one single interest.  


Think about that for awhile.  Instead of buying your kid a football or hockey stick, maybe you should buy him a table saw.



4 comments:

  1. Kind of funny, I have a nephew who wasn't interested in sports or college. He loved welding and machine work. Used to help his dad work on cars in the driveway. He was put on display by many in the extended family as an example of what not to be. His cousin in fact played hockey, cost a ton of money, went to Ohio State on a partial scholarship until his collar bone was shattered. Lost his ride, but graduated via student loans. Now #2 is a substitute teacher making lower middle class income and a mountain of student loan debt living in a two bedroom apartment hoping for a miracle to buy a house someday. #1 went to work after high school as a fabricator, now runs his department and operates a custom motorcycle shop on the side with one of his buddies. Owns about 4 or five bikes, a couple of cars, his wife doesn't have to work. Nice 200k house, four wheelers, boat etc. Top it off he isn't a pompous little shit like #2. Of course now everyone claims to know it would turn out this way. I don't spend much time with the family anymore, except maybe my pops and #2 and his dad, as we always saw through the bullshit and were tight. Kind of fun watching the rest suffer through their first world problems. I'm sorry to admit that.

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    1. All the "You MUST go to college" people think that they are so smart, but they don't understand (or at least refuse to consider) basic economics. In general, the cost of a college education has risen far beyond what one can expect to receive in additional income for many years after graduation.

      Right now, there is a healthy demand for workers in the skilled trades, but in order to succeed in the trades, one has to know what they are doing, It's kinda like sports, You can't decide at the age of 20, that you want to play in the NFL if you never played football before, That takes years of practice and experience. The same is true for being a tradesman. You have to start acquiring your skills, years before you can become a professional. The only difference is that there are many, many more positions available (a higher demand) in the trades than there is in the NFL, so your chances of actually landing a career in the trades is much, much higher.

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    2. The government destroyed the value of a college education when they made student loans so easy to get. I understand it opened the door for many minorities, but they would have been better served offering more scholarships or grants based on scholastic merit. You don't get assistance if you are a C student. When they flooded higher education with money they allowed these institutions to charge what they want. Kind of like health insurance. Look at lasik surgery. Not covered by most plans, so the doctors had to be competitive. Costs came way down. When Uncle Sam or big insurance is picking up the tab, it is too easy to sign on the line and not worry about the cost. That gives these institutions the ability to charge as they damn well please.

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    3. You are so 100% correct. In fact, I was going to say everything you said in my first reply, but I just didn't take the time to do so. Thank you for saying it for me. Health care and education. They are about the only things that have increased in price faster than the rate of inflation over the past 30 years, and they have increased at about six times that rate. Why? Because the people in charge of both are getting rich off of middle class working Americans. It's a scam, it's a crime, and it's the reason we are not doing as well as our parents and grandparents did. I cannot fully express the amount of resentment I have for the both of them and the people in charge of them. I give them 90% of the blame for the difficult time I and so many other working Americans are having.

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