Here is a fascinating panel discussion from last year that I watched late last night (too late — my poor sleep schedule). Hosted by the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, this discussion encompasses all sports and the culture that surrounds athletic competition in general. From children’s organized sports on up through the pros, these folks explore the problems of the idea of winning at all costs.
Clearly, we see, there are some issues when it comes to ethics in the world of sports. When the majority of athletes self-report that they would be willing to take a pill to become Olympic-caliber athletes (with the caveat that they’d die in five years), we realize that our priorities are wholly out of whack. When cheating does take place, nobody in sports wants to be a snitch, and the idea that “if you’re not cheating, you’re not trying” permeates the atmosphere. How do the higher ups of an organization combat this attitude?
This discussion is long, but if you have the time to watch even a little bit of it, it is certainly worthwhile.
Spring Training starts next week!
It ain’t like football. You can’t make up no trick plays.
I’ve heard a handful of lines from this routine before at several different times. To be honest, I feared hitting the play button when I came across this video because what I had heard in the past made me wonder if George Carlin doesn’t just slam on baseball the whole time. But, it turns out, he treats baseball and football fairly equally, making each sport seem both wonderful and ridiculous at the same time. And he does it with great humor.
Spending $800 to start, former baseball player Albert Spalding founded a sporting goods company on February 3, 1866. Spalding became the manufacturer of the first official baseball, and would also become the first manufacturer of the official tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, and football.
We are inclined to think that if we watch a football game or a baseball game, we have taken part in it.
~John F. Kennedy
This infographic isn’t quite baseball-specific, but I do find it interesting to see how baseball ranks among other sports in terms of the “danger factor.” Honestly, it surprises me to see hockey rank so low on these scales, but I guess they do wear quite a bit of protective gear. Fatality rates did not make it onto the graphic, but given the focus on safety in all sports, this should barely be an issue. But it still piques my interest.