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violator14 2/27/2013 2:45:21 PM

 karas- u just did it again.... lol.... but whatevers. Im over it. Sports suck and Olympics suck!!! YAA!!

But Oh man, the whole XGames type of guys I totally agree are superhumanly amazing. I've always thought about what aliens would think if they came to our planet and watched extreme skateboarders, BMXers, Surfers, Skiiers, etc do their things. They would have their minds blown !!

lazarus 2/27/2013 3:34:09 PM

Karas, you fail to acknowledge, Basketball doesn't just teach basketball, it also teaches teamwork, self esteem, good sportmanship, and the spirit of competition which are all very needed things in this day and age. Most of the youth I meet don't get this at all. Most are a bunch of spoiled ass brats with a lack of respect for any and all authority and an over developed sense of entitlement. So yeah I think sports contributes more than just teaching athletic skills.

I will agree with your statement the purpose of sports had changed since 2000 years ago. Yes sports often taught needed survival skills in that day, now it has evolved but is no less important.

hanso 2/27/2013 3:34:46 PM

 Kara, if you played team sports then you know you are repping the name on the uniform when you play the game.  The teams rep the school, town, cities, countires, and bring "glory" if they win.  That's why the athletes are different than your donut shop guy, he only out for himself. It's also why they are different that actors, musicians.  They usually aren't associated with a city, country.  

Athletes can be role models because their fame allows them to be able to influence more people than you or I can.  They can also bring awareness to different issues which donut guy just can't cause he doesn't have the reach.  Not all athletes can be role models, like was mentioned earlier some are dicks.  But google Roberto Clemente, and see what he did for latinos in baseball and the work with his charities in Puerto Rico and South America. Check Michael Phelps out, his foundation works with kids to try to get them healthy. You'll see why they can be role models.

lazarus 2/27/2013 3:35:10 PM

And if you need any further proof of what I said, look at the video of the coach tripping the kid in Canadian hockey youth leagues. Even adults have missed these lessons it seems.

violator14 2/27/2013 3:37:43 PM

 It's useless guys..... Might as well try to tell her why JJ Abrams star trek is awesome. lol

Wiseguy 2/27/2013 5:27:19 PM

I look up to all the athletes in female volleyball, beach and regular.

karas1 2/27/2013 5:33:58 PM

Lazarus, PLAYING basketball teaches you teamwork, self esteem, good sportsmanship etc.  I agree  that PLAYING sports is good for kids and for adults as well.  Do yout think watching others play sports teaches those same lessons?

Hanso, how do you know that the guy who works at the donut shop is only out for himself?  Maybe he donates more money than he can afford (modest as that amount is compared to the resources of a sports star) to charitable causes.  Maybe he donates his time to coaching disadvantaged children.  You don't know.

True, fameous people have a larger platform then us humble folk do.   I'd love to have people donate lots of money to the ASPCA.  But why should anybody else care what charities I prefer?

But donating money to charities and sponsoring causes isn't specific to sports stars.  Sting champions saving the rainforest.  Is he therefore a hero?

lazarus 2/27/2013 6:38:24 PM

I think if the parents use the experience it can have the same beneficial effects. Yes. Watching also encourages participation in said sport in many youth. You can bet many athletes got their motivation or exposure from watching sports. Not an absolute but more often than not.

To further Hanso's point, take the donut guy vs Sting, who is more likely to have an effective impact on the said Rainforest cause? The good money goes on Sting who actually has the resources, clout, and exposure to make an impact on this cause. The donut guy not so much.

Again this is not an exclusionary exercise, one is not more or less important than the other. It is just saying the impact athletes have on our society and youth is more significant now than comic book heroes. It is a new age for better or worse. And that is not to say it is a better thing, it is just what is.

If you want to see a very cool story, google some info on JJ Watt from the Texans. Guy is amazing and he actually psuedo adopted this young girl with leukemia and paid all her family's medical bills. He still makes time out of HIS life to go to her family's house and visit her almost daily. That is where I find inspiration but I accept there are many people who do works like this.

karas1 2/27/2013 8:36:43 PM

I am actually happy to hear about all these generous sports figures.  I guess I'm a little bitter when I hear about somebody who makes 10 times what I make in a year PER GAME that they play.  If they give back to the community by supporting sick children and such that makes me feel better about them.  I wish they were all such respectable people with such good hearts.

I'm still not sure I find charitable donations to even the best cause heroic. 

hanso 2/28/2013 3:07:25 AM

 When I said the donut guy is out for himself, I mean he is not repping anybody but himself.  Like I said athletes rep their cities and countries and bring honor and recognition to them by winning.  

Also, I think Lazarus brought this up, but a lot of athletes make it big after overcoming rough childhoods.  For rxample, if u a kid in the hood and all u know is the streets but you see Michael Jordan made it out of the hood to go to college and play NBA, u might leave the streets and try to be "like Mike".  Jordan wasnt from the hood by the way.  Influencing someone's life to change for the better might be considered heroic and role model worthy to some.

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