In Sports, Moderation and Perspective Are Key
Jim Cryns on Sports
Everything in moderation. The way we eat, drink, and even consume sports.It’s critical to how we live our lives, to our ultimate happiness. Going out to dinner with friends and enjoying a bottle of wine. That’s great. Keeping it all in perspective. Going to a ball game, spewing venom at opposing teams and others while swilling and spilling copious amounts of beer upon everyone and everything is probably a little askew. If you find yourself in the latter situation, it may be a good time to take a step back, look at the totality of things, and regain perspective, assess your priorities in life.
Sports is a figurative arena where we can regularly lose ourselves, retreat from the rigors and stresses of the day. Some grease up in the Packers’ green and gold colors, shiver in freezing temperatures clad in skimpy yellow bikinis and stand in long lines for a beer that costs as much as your average lunch at McDonald’s.
NBA fans are treated
to a non-stop barrage of music, dancing cheerleaders, food vendors and an
occasional backdrop of a basketball game, in case you need a diversion from the
rest. The Milwaukee Bucks and Harley-Davidson recently announced a multi-year
sponsorship agreement for home games at the
The preponderance of
And that’s all fine
and well, as long as it’s kept in perspective.We’ve got college teams in
There’s no shortage of pontificators, prognosticators, bandwagon jumpers and fanatics. A Packers fan would give up a kidney to spend the day at Lambeau Field.Again, that’s just fine, as long as we keep it in perspective.Keep in mind, when you’re team loses, gets blown-out, gets a series swept from them in late September, the guys on the field are going home to a multi-million dollar estate, and you, with your stomach falling out after a Packers loss, are still trying to make the nut on this month’s mortgage.
The three student
bodies who wore next to nothing during the Packers’ subzero loss to the Giants
at Lambeau field, are still enjoying the warmth of fame. They’ve been making
the rounds of sports radio talk shows, even a lackluster television appearance
In the National
League, you’ve got to be thrilled with the young prospects brought along by the
Brewers. Prince Fielder, J.J. Hardy, Rickie Weeks, among others. These kids are
maturing and playing well together. The future looks bright for a team which
finally escaped the dingy shroud that was the Selig regime. Yes, I know Bud is
the man who brought baseball back to
The influx of new
blood is overseen by general manager Doug Melvin.On a recent trip to
Panthers, once a doormat at an unknown university, have emerged as a solid and
respected team.That is no small feat,
and former chancellor Nancy Zimpher was as responsible for the rise of the
school’s sports program as much as anyone else.
That too is good for