Thursday, December 13, 2012

sports and honor

There is something that has bothered me for a while about America in general and sports specifically. I grew up with a belief that honor is important. The old Vince Lombardi quote "Winning isn't everything it is the only thing." seems to me at best amoral and more likely plain old immoral.
  I think sports are a reflection of society. Recently I have become aware of a whole group of thought that "chaps my hide!" "I don't make the rules I just use them." is used to justify "legal"cheating. "Everybody else is doing it" Another justification of lying cheating and other unlikable hobbies.
   My idea of sports has always been practicing excellence honor and teamwork. I believe that especially in sports where lives are not at stake, one MUST practice honor and fairness. If one cannot support honor on the field of play, how is one to practice it when there is real danger.
  I remember the first year Lance Armstrong won the Tour De France. He fell at one point and the German who was competing against him waited as honor dictated. Armstrong went on to win. The next year the German fell. You can guess what Armstrong did. Not cheating but not honorable. These people often state that honor and morality are weakness.  Another funny thing is that I find it hard to trust someone in life if I believe they will cheat in sports. Many disagree with me and claim that sports is separate from the rest of life. Interesting eh?

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