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.
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.
Just imagine you could be actually playing that sport, or at least trying to. Why spend money to watch other people living theirs lifes? Isn’t your life worth living?
I get it, everybody needs entertainment. But can’t you entertain yourself while doing something, rather than watching it being done by others? Do you have some kind of disability that prevents you from doing stuff you like?
Could it be that all the need for entertainment comes from laziness of the mind? And if so, why is that? And more important, what can we do about it? Do we even want to change this?
I think this would be the way to go into this discussion,
It does seem like a waste of time to dedicate “a lot” of time and money into watching pro sports. In my opinion, maybe you should get more involved in sports physically rather than just watching. There’s nothing wrong with watching sports and being interested in sports, but you should definitely see if you can manage your time a little more wisely and save that money of yours. Branch out and see what else the world has to offer. You might find yourself dedicated to something meaningful and something you love, possibly more than sports.
gp: I’ve never been interested in sports. I like going to games, but I don’t follow teams. I think people who are big sports fans are watching it vicariously (you are imagining yourself as a player, or you’re hoping for a really close, exciting game to happen). There’s nothing really wrong with that. People do the same thing, vicariously place themselves in the role, when they read a novel, watch a movie…
Its the nature of human beings to want to escape from our own limited existences and imagine what it would be like to be someone else doing something else exciting.
So watching alot of sports, if you enjoy it, is just as good a way to spend your time as it is to play video games, read novels, watch TV or movies, listen to music…you name it.
Life can’t be all about work and relationships.