Sunday, April 5, 2015

Winning May Be Everything, But It's Not The Last Thing

One thing that never ceases to amaze me is the profound effects that the loss of a sporting event seem to have on people, especially when they are not participating personally in the sporting event.

Sure, sports are important to me. And I do get upset when things don’t turn out the way that I want them too. I’m a HUGE New Orleans Saints fan, probably one of the biggest in Upstate New York, but I don’t go all crazy when they lose a playoff game, or when the team does something inconceivable, like say trading away Jimmy Graham (one of their franchise players). I move on with my life; because I know that when all is said and done there are MANY more important things in life than NFL football. So, I simply, pick up the pieces of my shattered (and I use that term lightly) dream and move on to the next thing.

Last night the University of Kentucky lost it’s national semi-final game (NCAA Basketball) to the University of Wisconsin. And, as has become the norm in our society, they took to the streets in Lexington. There were riots and fires set.

People, get over yourselves. It’s not the end of the world. There will be next year. There is always hope, especially when you have such a storied program as the Kentucky Wildcats. Tomorrow the sun will rise, the wind will blow and Coach Cal will work on next years plan of dominance.

I think that the world definitely needs a little perspective. We need to step back, take a breath, and realize that actions like the ones last night in Lexington are not helpful and in fact are harmful. There are people around the world and in fact in our own country (close to home) that are hurting. Channel the strength that you are expending to do harm into something useful. Volunteer at a local homeless shelter, clean up the streets around you, or just do some random act of kindness for someone who can’t help themselves.

As Americans we are better than this, and we need to show it to the rest of the world. With actions like those exhibited last night in Lexington the rioters are no better than terrorists themselves. Most people will say that the actions were those of drunken college students, but that is no excuse. That is a reflection on the parents of these fools.

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