Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Competitive sports: so character building

Keeping an eye on competition's inferiority to human cooperation. Click for the concept of win-win games.
Remember, parents: don't let your kids entertain themselves or go to those dangerous rock concerts. Force them to play competitive sport.

"Former AFL footballer Wayne Carey became so aggressive during his arrest in Miami last year that police put him in restraints usually reserved for the most violent criminals.

"Miami Police detective Delrish Moss said that, when Carey was put into a police car, he started to headbutt the plexiglass window that separates the prisoner from police.

To stop him from hurting himself and damaging the car, the officers put him into a hobble restraint."
Sydney Morning Herald

From Wikipedia: In 1996 Carey pleaded guilty to indecent assault after grabbing a passing woman's breast on a Melbourne city street after 12 hours of drinking with team mates. Carey later settled out of court when the woman filed a civil suit against him ... On Sunday 27 January 2008 Carey was arrested after reports of a disturbance at his Port Melbourne apartment. Police had to subdue Carey with capsicum spray and he was seen hand-cuffed afterallegedly assaulting the officers.

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[Note that domestic violence is blamed as though in a vacuum, but never competition's role in violence-training in our society. Competitive sports always did suck, but they suck harder with each passing year.]

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Wayne Carey said...

Sport indoctrinates mindless support for an 'us v. them' mentality and actively promotes the glorification of violence and aggression, which ensures that the majority of the population remain primed for, and accepting of, war.

As George Orwell said, "War is Peace"

1:57 PM  
Anonymous AFL madness said...

Further to Wayne's comments, it's not just an 'us v. them' mentality - the definitions of 'us' and 'them' can be changed on a whim.

Loyalty of football club supporters could arouse some sympathy when players played for one club and stuck there for life. Modern day supporters, commonly known as fanatics, support a club with rabid passion but half the players that they scream total support for are sold or traded with other clubs in a matter of seasons, and those transplanted players become hated enemies.

The fanatical minds that have this moronic focus are fertile ground for propaganda.

1:54 PM  

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