Sports are not perfect.
The entire existence of sporting events have been littered with devastating, unfortunate, and unappealing occurances. The list could go on for what seems like forever. Gambling scandals (1918 Black Sox), violence and murder (O.J. Simpson), horrific tradgedies (1970 Marshall University football plane crash), cheating (Patriots Spy-Gate), disgusting sex scandals (Penn St), awful name changes (Ochocinco), heartbreaking losses (86' Red Sox). Like I said, the list could go on for what seems like forever.
Why do we devote ourselves to following them nearly every single day? And why do we get so consumed by them? I have seen fans break out into near brawls over opinions on who should start at quarterback in the current week. I have seen friendships nearly crumbled to the ground over driveway basketball games (that totally was a foul). Fans in cities like Kansas City and Cleveland continually subject themselves to putting their entire hearts and souls into seasons only to have their whole world crumbled every single year.
Sports are perfect.
Playing sports develops life lessons and skills that people can hang onto their entire lives. They learn to pull together and fight for one common goal, something that we all want in life, to win. Players obtain a brotherhood with their teammates, fans obtain a brotherhood with other fans, and thanks to the invention of twitter, players can more easily now than ever obtain a brotherhood with their fans. The drama is unscripted and real. The emotions are not acted out, they are real. The powerful roar of excitement from a sold out stadium is not created from an "applause" sign turning on, it is 80,000 people all passionately invested in the same moment. Sports are about a son making his father proud when he succeeds, or a father seeing his son succeed and knowing he would be proud either way. Sports are about making moments and sharing them with each other.
Welcome to BloggingBall, where we are simply fans ourselves who want to share moments with you. It is a blog completely devoted to sports (I know, original right?) and those who love discussing them. We are not sure where this will take us, but we will absolutely have a blast along the ride. Through the perfect times, the not-so-perfect times, and even those in between times when you are just at work and want to find one more person's opinion on your team's performance this week, we will be here. Join us.
-Brett, Ryan, Anthony, Louie, Taylor