Lance Armstrong is sad example of what sports has become
Posted Thursday, January 31 2013 at 02:00
Today, however, sports is increasingly associated with violence, drugs, sex, racism, cheating and money.
Historically, sports was considered a virtue-making machine. The values that correspond with sports were considered to go hand-in-hand with those that go into being a person of integrity and faith.
Today, however, sports is increasingly associated with violence, drugs, sex, racism, cheating and money. Athletes are worshipped today for the money they make, for their on-field violence, for their off-field partying, for their egos and bravado that includes fighting, celebratory dances, strutting and posturing.
Technical and athletic aspects of certain sports have given way to steroid physiques, tattoos and various forms of intimidation. At one time only sailors and bikers wore tattoos. Today footballers have helped bring these crude images of a decadent society into the mainstream.
Our media helps promote and legitimise this mentality by glorifying athletic fighting and violence. Vince Lombardi, former coach of the Super Bowl winning Green Bay Packers football team, spoke for a generation when he said “winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.”
Ultimately, sports should be a vehicle to develop good character, to make people courageous, loyal, generous losers, and gracious victors. We have to recover these original principles of sports so that we can forge greater bonds and help overcome the real and terrible social problems of our time.