‘sport’ Category Archives

28
Sep

ADELAIDE? RICHMOND? DOES IT MATTER: are we over-sported to the point of brain-damage?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Lifestyle, sport, Youth

If a community spends a full day not working because the next day 40 or 50 men will be pushing, shoving and brawling for possession of a ball at an oval somewhere….
What does it say about that community’s common-sense level?
Obviously, sport isn’t altogether a bad thing – at least in theory.
But in practice…?
Young children are born knowing nothing.
Are we teaching them by example that free time is best devoted primarily to sport?
Or, even worse, to sitting on our bottoms looking at sport?
Might we do better to spend at least part of such time on our knees – asking God to show us what on earth we are here on earth for?
Many families find Sundays an opportunity to do that.
Something to think about.

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6
Jul

THE THOUGHTS OF BERNARD TOMIC: are they words of wisdom, after all?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Beauty, Celebrities, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Money, sport

Bernard Tomic may sometimes be annoying, but let’s listen again to his words.
They remind us that professional sport is intrinsically evil.
Not the worst evil in the world, perhaps — but evil nonetheless.
Evil in at least two ways:
(1) It creates rich parasites. They mightn’t mean to be parasites but don’t they take big money out of the system while doing nothing to help feed, educate, house or in any other way enhance anybody’s real life?
“No need to ever work”, as Mr Tomic said.
(2) “Get fit by physical training for the next 4 months,” recommends John Newcombe.
That’s a beauty, Newk.
Focus on your body. Sell your soul….
Once upon a time, Ron Clarke tripped and fell during the 1500 metres final at the 1956 Australian National Athletic Championships.
Fellow runner, John Landy, stopped and doubled back to check that Clarke was OK.
Clarke got up and they both started running again.
Too late….
But Landy’s attitude has won a place in the admiration of all Australians.
That was a different century — and a different world.
It wasn’t a perfect world then.
But it’s worse today, isn’t it?

8
Jun

TENNIS POLITICS: the thoughts of navratilova, court and goolagong

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities, Entertainment, Lifestyle, sport

Martina Navratilova was the world’s top woman tennis player for most of the 1980s.
Australia’s Margaret Court was top woman player for most of the 1970s.
Now they are both back in the news.
Last week Navratilova released an “open letter” suggesting that Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena tennis facility be re-named — because Margaret Court publicly criticises homosexual practices and says she will boycott Qantas airline (which promotes homosexual lobbying).
Navratilova wants the venue’s name changed to Evonne Goolagong Arena. She accuses Court of being “racist”.
All very interesting.
Evonne Goolagong herself told SBS last January that, “Margaret’s my hero — great player, wonderful champion and true professional in every way.”
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/01/29/margaret-court-greatest-goolagong

31
May

MARGARET COURT: back in the news and not pleasing everybody….

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Celebrities, Faith, Family, Lifestyle, Modern Church, sport

Margaret Court says marriage should be defined the way the Bible defines it.
Some “progressive” people think she needs a serious lesson in how you can’t say that there here.
They want her deprived of recognition as Australia’s best-ever tennis star.
They want things named in her honour to be given a different name.
Is she really an un-Australian and un-cool fanatic?
Check YouTube clips of Margaret playing contemporary top tennis ladies like Chrissie Evert.
She looks as though she’s having a quiet hit-up. She seems to be losing a lot of points. Then fast-forward and, behold, she wins the last point and there she is holding the Cup.
Check also video clips of her speeches and sermons about her faith.
She doesn’t appear very frenzied.
In fact, what she says seems to make a bit of sense.

15
Apr

GOOD FRIDAY: over for 2017, what was it all about?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, Entertainment, God, Lifestyle, sport

Last week, some (Fairfax) newspapers carried an article about “how Good Friday in Australia compares to the rest of the world”.
Saying that, “Good Friday just got slightly more lively in Australia”…referring to the (yawn) AFL football match.
What could be more un-lively than large sweaty men brawling for possession of a ball?
And that, “still the quietest day of the year…Good Friday is no big deal”.
Incorrect. Quietness is a very big deal – a scarce commodity, worth cherishing where it survives.
Quiet minds become full of thoughts – about life, about purpose, about meaning, about God….
Yet, mostly, don’t we avoid quiet, preferring distractions — about food, about feeling good, about kidding ourselves we look good…?

9
Apr

GOOD FRIDAY FOOTBALL: another brain-damaging, soul-destroying, dumbing-down distraction.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Entertainment, Faith, Lifestyle, sport

Something new in 2017 — AFL football on Good Friday, the holiest day of the Christian year.
It’s disappointing.
Because it’s another case of the Christian faith being desecrated?
Not just that — Christians can get used to that.
But for everybody it’s a worry that with so many dilemmas in today’s world — violence, poverty, sexual deviations, disintegrating families, freedom of speech threatened, sacredness-of-life issues etc….
Issues with an ethical/moral/spiritual basis – we never seem to find time to think about them properly.
We don’t help ourselves by frittering away with endless sporting extravaganzas all days traditionally set aside to reflect on fundamentals.
A missed opportunity.