Is it stupid to watch a lot of professional sports?
I dedicate a lot of time (and money!) to watching pro sports like baseball, hockey, football, etc. But the more I think about it, I feel like I’m wasting my time and that I could be spending my life doing other, more productive things. For example, I guess you could argue that, at its essence, baseball is nothing more than a bunch of grown men in matching shirts throwing a small ball around to each other. To me, that makes it sound like a huge waste of time, but it’s still somehow entertaining. What does everyone else think? Honest, unfiltered responses only, please.
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There are more direct routes to learning things then by watching sports on TV, or in person, then discussing them with friends; Then, by chance, learning something about the world, people, or your friends/family. Arguments abound here, but the bottom line is this: Great art is created by artists because artists NEED to create art. It is in their blood. If an artist were alone on an island, he/she would find some way to create art, despite the lack of “spectators”. It is a true human endeavor. The ONLY thing that truly separates us from the animal kingdom.
Sports are entertainment. Low-brow entertainment, if you will. It takes no intellectual capacity to watch them. It is not open to interpretation.
With that being said, I believe TRUE athletes who push the boundaries of human physical ability are artists. They do this not for attention, not for money, but because they must. It is in their blood. I would include decathlon athletes here, and perhaps a few others. Organized, professional sports..especially here in the states. No.
There are just so many better things to do with your time if you want to enrich yourself or others around you. Sitting on a couch or in a stadium isn’t on that list.
In short, yes, it is stupid to watch a lot of professional sports.
I’m from the UK where football is massive. I’m sure you’ve all heard of soccer hooliganism and as somebody who’s never had any interest in it, I feel like I have an outsider’s view.
I have friends who watch the game and say that they watch it for the beautiful football. What they mean by that is the constantly shifting geometry of the teams, the calculations the players have to make instead of just booting it towards the goal. These are the kind of guys who don’t seem to affected by a bad result. Often they’ll ‘act’ annoyed, but it feels like more of a jokey outward persona than something they really mind.
Then there’s the other fans. The fans who use their team to represent their pride in their hometown, and actually feel the ‘need’ to drink if their team lose (or indeed win). None of the players come from the town they’re playing for, and yet it seems like a hangover from territorial tribal days. It can be fucking disgusting seeing the way these people act like apes after a match. It is still a minority, but it’s a nasty one.