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I’ve really never been a sports-minded person. Sure, I participated in a bit of basket shootin’ and hittin’ the ball around when I was in grade school but that’s as far as it ever went. The reason may have had something to do with the size of rural school where I attended grades one through eight. I guess when there is a total student population of 14 – yes, in all grades, girls included – it’s a little difficult to completely grasp the “team sports” concept.
High school was a different story though. Growing up in sports-minded Nebraska, I certainly had every opportunity to get involved in football, or even basketball or track for that matter. So why didn’t I? Well, probably because I was really (and I mean REALLY!) a shy farm boy with the self-confidence of a grape. I took me a lot of years to wiggle my way out of that hole and truthfully, depending on the situation, I still have my moments.
As a result, I never really developed a full appreciation for either individual or team sports activities. I don’t have any favorite sports “stars” (well, maybe with the exception of NASCAR driver, Mark Martin…) nor do I root for any particular team – in any sport. Oh sure, I do appreciate the effort and training it takes to become skilled in any of the sports. And I have a basic understanding of the techniques and strategies involved in many of the sports activities. But that’s about as far as it goes. Sick, huh?
Having said that, I’d like to take a minute to offer a big round of applause for all of those creative individuals and organizations that have contributed in any way to our present sports activities. Through their efforts, we as a society are now able to:
Spend countless hours every week nestled comfortably in our recliners, drinking beer and ignoring the rest of the world.
Swear at the TV without being considered weird.
Cook brats on a grill in a public parking lot.
Watch bouncing boobies on the sidelines without being the recipient of disapproving looks from our spouses – or…