Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Ice-Picky


I do not understand people who aren't sports fans.  I think it's human nature to celebrate when a fellow person works hard to become the best and actually achieves their goals.  This holds true in every career and aspect of society, but most of these paths, unfortunately, do not award trophies for a job well done.  I'm thinking of changing that in my industry, though.  I'll let you know how it goes.

Anyway, for me it's easy to get swept up in the drama of the playoffs for any sport.  I can tune into ESPN #73, watch four minutes of professional monkey wrestling and emerge with a clear favorite and cry when the other monkey loses.  I especially love Chicago sports teams and enjoy the rising excitement that is practically visible in the air when a championship becomes a possibility.  Whether it's the Bears, the White Sox, the Bulls or the Blackhawks, any kind of championship series takes top billing in my life when it involves a hometown team.  (Where are the Chicago Cubs in my list?  I'm a native south sider and therefore can't root for the Cubs without fear of being disowned by my family.  Sorry, Cubs fans).  

The Blackhawks are in the Stanley Cup Finals right now.  This has been especially exciting because I admit before two or three years ago, I really had no idea the Blackhawks existed.  Yes, I'm a total bandwagon fan, although due to the old owner of the team, it was difficult to follow them on television before 2007 so I somewhat have an excuse.  I've watched every game of the playoffs and I'm amazed at the toughness of these players.  Duncan Keith lost seven teeth in a game.  Can you even IMAGINE that???  Oh, and he went back in and finished the game.  After losing seven teeth.  Give that man some sort of medal right now.  He wins.

My beloved sister Kerry is not a sports fan.  She has taken to Facebook to protest the many Blackhawks-themed status updates on her feed.  She doesn't understand why sports take a priority in a world where children are getting shot, people are suffering from diseases and random women are getting attacked on the way home from bars at night.  Kerry would rather use her Facebook to talk about Snoop Dog and the fact that Ellen and Kate Gosselin have the same voice- you know, the important issues in life. (Kidding, Ker!  Put down that chainsaw!)

There's a place for working for social justice and a place for volunteering to help our society and a place for expressing outrage about BP.  However, there's a lot to be said for mindless joy and watching a group of men try to achieve a goal they've been dreaming about since they were kids.  I like to close my eyes and imagine what it would be like to be able to move effortlessly across the ice and knock the holy crap out of someone else, all in the race for a win.  I'll always be a sports fan, and I'm thrilled to be a bandwagon Blackhawks fan.

17 comments:

  1. taryn's sports hating sister.June 9, 2010 at 8:18 AM

    its hard for me to watch sports, yes. simply because, being a future educator juxtapositioning a teachers salary to that of a basketball player is absolutely appalling.
    a teacher is someone who educates the youth of america. The youth of america who will someday control the state of our nation. I do think America's priorities are out of whack.
    As far as facebook. . well, people can write whatever they want. However, I can protest as well at much they all sound like mindless drones as I scroll through the status updates.

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  2. I have to agree, Taryn's spots hating sister, our priorities are out of whack.
    Yes, athletes are amazing and have a dream and...whatever, but when the people who spend more time with our children than we do and take care of our aging parents aren't paid a living wage - something is wrong.

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  3. Go Hawks! I skated last night for the first time in months. Twice as many girls came out for the summer league this year, I swear the playoffs get everyone going - even sports hating sisters :)

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  4. taryn's sports hating sister.June 9, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    EXACTLY

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  5. Hey I agree, teachers are paid like crap. It's not fair and it's disgusting. However, sports teams bring revenue to a city, revenue that COULD and SHOULD be used to fund higher salaries for teachers. I think sports and the salary of educators are separate issues. If an employee of a company generated the revenue that these sports players bring in for the team, they'd make a big salary too.

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  6. I am definitely not a sports fan but I "get it." My hubby is a HUGE chicago bears fan but I just cant seem to get in to it. I LOVE the comradory of being on a sports team but watching is just plain boring to me lol

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  7. Go Blackhawks Go!!! Being from WI it is really hard to support any IL team but my husband is a huge fan of hockey and loves the Blackhawks! Sports give people something not important to think about and just relax for the few hours they are on TV. If we didn't have something to relax over we would all go crazying thinking about the bad things in life.

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  8. To me it feels like supporting my city to root for its sport teams when they are in the playoffs. I love Chicago, and I love when it gets a national spotlight for something positive.

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  9. Congrats Taryn, the Blackhawks won! I'm guessing you know that though.

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  10. Ya they won!!! Congrats!!!!

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  11. Very exciting!! Now it's time for the Bears to win the Super Bowl!

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  12. Yay Hawks! I have been a fan of the Blackhawks as long as I've been a fan of hockey. Which is pretty much as far back as I can remember. I love the sport. I play it several times a week. And I love that my favorite team ever finally won their first championship in my lifetime. It was a huge personal moment for me.

    That all being said. Yes, I agree there is a lot of wrong and injustice in the world. Nobody is denying that. Bad things happen every day. It's horrible and sad. My heart is absolutely torn out every time I see a picture of a oil soaked animal in the gulf. But my issue with all of this, which I guess my comments sparked on facebook to begin with, is the hypocrisy of some of these statements (and yes I'm fully aware that there is as much hypocrisy in the world as there is of the bad stuff). So, if someone doesn't like sports that's fine. Just say you don't like sports, because you don't enjoy sports.

    It's true professional athletes in the top leagues get paid a lot of money. More than they deserve? Perhaps. But guess who else makes a crap ton on money based on their entertainment talents. How about the person singing on your favorite itunes download? Or that actor in your favorite movie ever. I can't say that I wouldn't love to have one of their paychecks. But are you going to stop watching movies or listening to music until all the wrongs of this world are righted? Didn't think so.

    The thing is we need sports, like we need acting, singing, painting, dancing, and all the other arts. These activities entertain, inspire, and teach us. Not to mention keeping many people out of trouble. I am sure many of what would be troubled youth has had their lives enriched, enhanced, and possibly turned around with the lessons sports teaches us. Lessons like respect, communication, problem solving, and working together. Often sports brings families, communities, and cities together. Not to mention the revenue sports brings into the communities. For many students every year, it helps pay for a college education they might never otherwise could have afforded. There are many benefits that should not be overlooked. And finally where would many of us be without the joy that something like this championship has brought into our lives. I guess we would all just be constantly depressed thinking about nothing but the sad and tragic things in life.

    I don't expect to change any minds with this comment. But I do hope it causes more thought in discussion. You may not care for sports. I don't like asparagus. Just sayin'

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  13. again with the dissertations.

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  14. Tori, very well said!

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  15. Yay Hawks! I have been a fan of the Blackhawks as long as I've been a fan of hockey. Which is pretty much as far back as I can remember. I love the sport. I play it several times a week. And I love that my favorite team ever finally won their first championship in my lifetime. It was a huge personal moment for me.

    That all being said. Yes, I agree there is a lot of wrong and injustice in the world. Nobody is denying that. Bad things happen every day. It's horrible and sad. My heart is absolutely torn out every time I see a picture of a oil soaked animal in the gulf. But my issue with all of this, which I guess my comments sparked on facebook to begin with, is the hypocrisy of some of these statements (and yes I'm fully aware that there is as much hypocrisy in the world as there is of the bad stuff). So, if someone doesn't like sports that's fine. Just say you don't like sports, because you don't enjoy sports.

    It's true professional athletes in the top leagues get paid a lot of money. More than they deserve? Perhaps. But guess who else makes a crap ton on money based on their entertainment talents. How about the person singing on your favorite itunes download? Or that actor in your favorite movie ever. I can't say that I wouldn't love to have one of their paychecks. But are you going to stop watching movies or listening to music until all the wrongs of this world are righted? Didn't think so.

    The thing is we need sports, like we need acting, singing, painting, dancing, and all the other arts. These activities entertain, inspire, and teach us. Not to mention keeping many people out of trouble. I am sure many of what would be troubled youth has had their lives enriched, enhanced, and possibly turned around with the lessons sports teaches us. Lessons like respect, communication, problem solving, and working together. Often sports brings families, communities, and cities together. Not to mention the revenue sports brings into the communities. For many students every year, it helps pay for a college education they might never otherwise could have afforded. There are many benefits that should not be overlooked. And finally where would many of us be without the joy that something like this championship has brought into our lives. I guess we would all just be constantly depressed thinking about nothing but the sad and tragic things in life.

    I don't expect to change any minds with this comment. But I do hope it causes more thought in discussion. You may not care for sports. I don't like asparagus. Just sayin'

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  16. Congrats Taryn, the Blackhawks won! I'm guessing you know that though.

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  17. I am definitely not a sports fan but I "get it." My hubby is a HUGE chicago bears fan but I just cant seem to get in to it. I LOVE the comradory of being on a sports team but watching is just plain boring to me lol

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