Friday 7 October 2016

Everyone is a Winner

So, it’s a pretty busy time of year for the sports fan. Major League Baseball is in the quarter finals, CFL football is half way through the season and I think that Hockey starts regular season games this weekend. I haven’t a clue what is happening with basketball, lacrosse, bowling or barrel jumping and to tell the truth, I don’t much care about any of them.

I follow the games enough so that I only sound like an idiot when the other men are talking sports instead of a babbling idiot. Sport is a form of entertainment that lacks appeal for me because in my heart of hearts I believe the games are rigged. I know if I were in charge of a billion dollar industry I would attempt to control the outcome and I am an honest guy. The greedy bastards are sure to be controlling the games.

I remember watching the Harlem Globe Trotters when I was younger. They were fantastic! Really skilled players, entertaining and funny, and making the games look effortless. Sure the opposing teams wouldn’t try to win, but the Globe Trotters were the cream of the crop. I think that is when I began to think something was amiss with sport. If a retired basketball player could score on the opposition from beneath his own net, then why wouldn’t the pros do the same thing? They would if winning was of the utmost importance.

It doesn’t matter if the games are fixed or not as long as the fans are getting their moneys worth when they go to a game or watch it on TV. It is the same as watching any TV show, we know what is happening isn’t real but for the hour we are watching we can suspend belief.

Right now, the Toronto Blue Jays are doing well in their series against Texas, one more game to go. Maybe they will win the pennant this year or maybe they aren’t destined to win for another thirty years. All that matters is that we enjoy watching, the players earn obscene amounts of money and the owners continue to get whatever they are looking to get from owning the teams.

Everyone is a winner…except the Toronto Maple Leafs of course  

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