‘sport’ Category Archives

13
Feb

AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: money-spinner for somebody, otherwise bad news?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, sport, Women

Hundreds of Australian Women’s AFL football teams!
Hundreds of thousands of dollars funding female-friendly (not unisex after all) change-rooms and showers!
Have we all gone mad?
Traditionally most cultures had understandings about modesty — affecting how we (especially women) dress and behave.
Many sports, as played today, are incompatible with the true feminine spirit — including football, some swimming and track events, acrobatics etc.– self-exposure, plus often immodest positions and posturings….
These girls are to be pitied — receiving no serious moral guidance.
This problem had its beginnings last century.
Pope Pius XII (who died in 1958) said:
“Many women have forgotten Christian modesty… they give in to the tyranny of fashion…dresses which …seem designed to emphasize what they should rather conceal…a kind of exhibitionism….”
As rational creatures, given thinking-power by God, can we reason out that for our fulfillment as human beings, certain sports are simply not suitable?

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21
Aug

THE RIO DE JANEIRO OLYMPIC GAMES: what can we learn from Usain Bolt and friends?

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, sport, Truth, Youth

The skyline of Rio de Janeiro is dominated by a 38-metre statue of Christ the Redeemer.
But in the people’s heads, haven’t sporting idols like Usain Bolt replaced respect for Christ the Redeemer as top focus?
Usain Bolt himself seems to be trying to do the right thing.
He makes the sign of the Cross before races. He makes an effort to keep things in perspective.
Bolt has been quoted saying:
“I want to thank God for everything he has done for me. Without him none of this would be possible…. I was always brought up to believe in God and to behave in certain ways. That’s what my parents taught me and I always trust my parents. They have great values….”
In recent times, haven’t sporting values mostly been not so great?
Cheating, publicity-seeking, gambling and sponsorship-money dominate media sport coverage.
Every Sunday, don’t we all see thousands of Australian children at our sporting ovals, dissipating their energy on sport, getting frustrated, feeling the pressure to win, win, win….
If parents took these young people to church or Sunday school to get some serious teaching as to what life is really about, perhaps the world would be better — they might become fulfilled human beings.
Don’t they need at least one day a week free to clear out of their heads the wall-to-wall secularism fed them by our secular education system and secular media?

18
May

ARE YOU BEING WEAKENED? put an end to it on the weekend.

by Arnold Jago in Family, Lifestyle, sport, Truth, Youth

You could say our society operates by making people addicted — destroying their ability to distinguish right from wrong – while in the process making somebody rich.
Once you get the idea, you see it everywhere.
Trends, not only in sport, but also in politics, foods, entertainment, clothing, hobbies, the words we choose – all are potentially addicting us.
Can the children in your family escape this entrapment?
Next weekend, give the sport etc. a rest — take them to Mass.
Explain to them why they are there — otherwise they might never know. Some so-called religion comes with built-in distractions.
Right and wrong are different — utterly different.
But the difference is inexplicable unless we realise it all has to do with God.
Without him we can do nothing.
Without God we can merely go through various motions, that’s all.

16
May

SPORT AND THORT: how it’s done in Australia

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Lifestyle, sport, Youth

If you go to Sunday morning Mass you’ll find the streets fairly deserted.
Yet if you go past a sporting complex, the car park is already full.
And hundreds of children are running about hitting, kicking — and squabbling for possession of — some kind of ball.
They aren’t in Sunday School. Nor at Mass.
Little addicts.
Why not give them a ball each?
Then they could stay at home and spend the day looking at their ball — no need to squabble over it. (But of course their addiction is not to balls. They’re addicted to squabbling.)
They’re being groomed for a life of addictions — if they aren’t addicted, they might start to think.
Worse, they might question the premises on which conventional secular thinking-substitute is based.
Sleep on it.
More on this topic tomorrow.

19
Mar

PRIDE IN SPORT INDEX: might it do more harm than good?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Lifestyle, sport

The other day six Australian sporting codes signed up to the “Pride in Sport Index”. *

Namely: Australian Rugby Union, National Rugby League, Australian Football League, Football Federation of Australia, Cricket Australia, and Water Polo Australia.

This Index, published annually, will score organisations on the support they offer homosexual and “transgender” players, staff, and fans — thus “ranking their inclusivity”.

The Index notion follows a 2015 study which reported Australia having the highest number (13 percent) of gay men saying they were not “at all accepted” in sport — compared to Canada with 5 percent.

And nine out of 10 such young people saying they “could not be honest about their sexuality” fearing discrimination from coaches and officials.

Some people may welcome the Index scheme, as making it safer for this category of person to “be themselves” which is everybody’s “right”.

Think harder.

For example, shoplifters/arsonists/alcoholics must — for the sake of society and for their own betterment – please sacrifice their “right” to be “themselves”.

The problem with “Pride in Sport” is that it is, in fact, a form of pride.

Pride — the worst of all sins — and the basis of all other sins.

* www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-16/pride-in-sport-index-launched-to-rank-support-offered-to-lgbtiq/7249882

2
Feb

CHEATING AT SPORT A BIG MULTINATIONAL INDUSTRY: hard to think what to do to stop it.

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Ethics, Money, sport

An old man was teaching his grandson to play chess – as an incentive offering him lollies if he managed to win.

During each game grandpop would wander off for a while. When he returned, sometimes his rook or a couple of pawns or something would have disappeared from the board.

The boy was winning a few games.

Grandpop didn’t comment.

Later on however the boy stopped having any wins — although some contests were close — and the “disappearances” weren’t happening any more.

They had a man-to-man talk.

“Why did you cheat?”

“I wanted lollies.”

“Why did you stop?”

“Now I want to be a good player more than I want lollies.”

This story sheds light on the current epidemic of cheating in tennis, athletics, cycling etc.

It also sheds light on everything.

Do you want to be good at being rich, famous and envied by others?

Or do you want to be good full stop?

If you’re sure that God doesn’t exist, concentrate on cheating, wheeling-and-dealing and general show-pony-ing.

If God doesn’t exist, there’s no motivation to do anything else.