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Long Live Sport - November 22, 2010, 06:33 PM

After attending the game Saturday at Maryland (fear the spear!) I was almost convinced that sports could really help get us past the worst ills and differences we use to drive ourselves apart. Tailgating and mixing it up with other FSU fans before the game, it was great to see young and old and people from different races all having a good time together. The woman sitting next to me during the game was older than my mother and for all I know could've been the biggest tea-drinking, Palin-pushing, down-with-Obama, gunslinging, Bible-swinger within 50 miles. But after every FSU success or Maryland failure, I was trading high fives and/or hugs with her. For that period of time, nothing else in the world mattered.

What is it about sports that has the ability to change everything? It just seems to make everything else about us seem insignificant. Instead of two members of Congress screaming at each other back and forth and accomplishing nothing, the two should go outside and play a game of one-on-one basketball. If you lose, you come back inside and stfu. When you go to the airport, if you choose to opt out of the body scan, you have the opportunity to arm-wrestle the TSA agent on duty. If you win, you get to board the plane. If you lose, they get to grab your junk.

I know I'm running on too little sleep and probably rambling but I can't help but think that if we're able to put our differences aside in the name of sports, surely our differences can't be as divisive as they seem.





(*I thought about mentioning the girl I broke up with in college because she was from Miami but I figured it might be viewed as contrary to the point I was trying to make that sports could help fix our country/world's problems. In all seriousness, if I broke up with my current girlfriend and was introduced to a die-hard Florida Gators fan, I'm not entirely sure it could ever work out. I would probably tear my eyeballs out at the sight of Florida blue and orange laying all over the house and then how would I watch football?*)


Dear God: grant that my hands be steady, my path be true, and my bike swift. And should the worst come to pass...grant me forgiveness.

Last edited by GoNoles; November 23, 2010 at 04:28 AM..
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