I searched the archives for a general "sports" thread, giving those of us who tend to talk a bit too much a chance to pontificate on a topic near and dear to us.
Sports & The Bear
I have always been interested in sports, both as a participant and as a fan (observer). Many moons ago I latched onto favorite teams in the four sports I consider MAJOR, and I have stood by those teams through thick and thin. Mostly thin.....if that is the description for "championship".
In baseball it has been the Detroit Tigers. Yes, I did get a couple chances to celebrate World Championships.....1968 and 1984. I was very proud of my chosen team this year, even though they slipped when they entered the World Series.
In basketball it has been the Detroit Pistons. I have had a number of years to enjoy the success of a championship season, but many years it was a losing cause.
In hockey.....the Detroit Red Wings. I waited so many years to see the Wings go from "Dead Wings" to "Stanley Cup Champions". Even though the Wings have the best record in hockey the past ten years, it has been frustrating in some of those years to so dominate the regular season and so quickly exit the play-offs.
I step away from Detroit for my fave football team.....the Pittsburgh Steelers. Been a fan since the early 1960's.
College sports.....Michigan and Bowling Green.
Participatory sports: I played little league baseball.....even threw a no-hitter in The All-Star Game. Broke my ankle and never played hardball again. Played some softball, in a Bowling Green, OH, men's league and in a church league. I never hit a home run in my life.....even considering that a person of my size should be jacking softballs over the fence on a regular basis.
I have played a lot of basketball, organized league ball and pick-up games. Never tired of that.
Sports & Your Job
In my business there is no real involvement with sports. But, as planners and the like you may have contact with or involvement with sports, especially physical properties. Perhaps park acreage standards related to ball diamonds, ball courts, etc. Maybe specific zoning involvement for coliseums or football stadiums.
Sports & Your Community
Toledo's minor-league baseball club (a Triple A team, the minor league's highest level) moved from an old horse-racing track that had been converted to a baseball stadium (in a suburb of Toledo) to a modern state-of-the-art stadium in downtown Toledo. The stadium has been recognized as the best minor league stadium and has spurred growth in the area surrounding the new facility. Warehouse lofts, new restaurants, night clubs.....all have moved into the area near this sports stadium.
Toledo citizens are now arguing about whether or not to build a new sports arena adjacent to the new baseball stadium. Proponents argue that the arena will lead to even more "build-up" revitalization in the downtown area.
At the same time, the University of Toledo (located about 5 miles from downtown Toledo) wants to build a new arena. University officials are opposed to building that facility downtown.....even though U of T is primarily a "commuter" school.
My take: The State should say that they will assist with the funding of only one arena.....in effect, forcing the school to go with the downtown (and shared and single) arena.
On a more personal basis, sports become a "must have" or "must do" for so many people in a community. High school sports, soccer leagues, pick-up games at your local playground.....all help to build "community" and give many a welcome respite from the tensions of everyday life.
The Bad & The Ugly
Yes, there is too much emphasis on sports. Especially sad.....the media circus that follows the idiotic antics of a gifted football player. Especially sad.....the rioting in the streets when a city wins a championship. Especially sad.....the "sports dads" that think their kid is the only kid and should play, OR ELSE!
Done. What say you?