All my life I’ve loved sports, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized not everyone shares this passion. In fact, a lot of people hate sports and think that writing about them isn’t worthwhile. I couldn’t disagree more.
Sports aren’t pointless. Sports aren’t all brawn and no brains. Sports aren’t just a bunch of sweaty people running around a field. Sports reflect culture and give us a deeper look into the humanity we all share.
Why do people bond over their hometown team? I think it’s the idea that you belong. When we pick a team, we’re choosing to partake in their failures and successes. It’s like we’re choosing a family.
Something I’ve always been interested in is this: what makes someone love a sport enough to devote their life to it? This fall, I started an audio feature series to find out. The first episode is on a diving coach who dove in the Olympics. He’s methodical and builds his divers step-by-step, because he’s an architect.
People who play and coach sports have more going on than their performance on the field, and I think when we start exploring that, we start understanding the part of sports that matters.