Football and the American Character

Posted by richrobinson 9 years, 11 months ago to The Gulch: General
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Hard to believe the game of football was almost stopped by Progressives. Interesting history of the game and how Progressives think.

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  • Posted by MattFranke 9 years, 11 months ago
    I feel like stirring the pot. All you sports fans can check this out and tell me what you think. Don't hate me for not being a sports fan; just isn't my thing. I do not agree with this guy on all his philosophy, but he makes a valid point about sports, among some other things.
    I'm sure I'll get an earful, but whatever.
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    • Posted by khalling 9 years, 11 months ago
      bollacks! what a spinner this guy is! tale as old as time-sports games with stakes. yea, it's tribal. it passes the time. it gets more intense when the real world is falling apart at the seams. it is distraction. arenas are some of the most ancient sites from around the world-throughout all cultures! this ain't new. children mimic adults-not the other way around.
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      • Posted by Hiraghm 9 years, 11 months ago
        Dancing passes the time. Going to the opera passes the time, arguing politics on a message board passes the time. Pretty much anything that can be defined as "entertainment" passes the time. And Man *is* a tribal animal. It'd be foolish to try getting him to act contrary to his nature.

        I was going to argue against "it gets more intense when the real world is falling apart at the seams", but then I decided to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume (there we go again...) you meant it becomes more relevant, more important, rather than more intense.

        Sports can be very important to a society; sports can help restore a society that's falling apart. Sports can give a society that's falling apart hope; and as Napoleon said, the moral is to the physical as 3 to 1.

        The year is 1980. The United States is suffering from malaise, the economy is in the toilet, the great enemies are expanding, we're no longer certain of our exceptionalism or righteousness, we're being told that the world is going to end in either ice or overpopulation, that we need to be content with less, that sacrifices have to be made...

        And then a handful of nobodies from nowhere, USA defeat the greatest *professional* athletes at hockey in the world. Literally, it didn't really mean anything. Metaphorically, it meant that the American character wasn't dead, wasn't wrong, wasn't a myth. By itself, it didn't change anything. But, what it did do was set us up for when Ronald Reagan came along and made it clear that we weren't over.

        I view the 1980 Olympic hockey team victory as the beginning of the 1980s renaissance.
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