‘sport’ Category Archives

5
Jan

MOHAMMAD AMIR GETS SECOND CHANCE: try not to be cynical about it.

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Ethics, sport

Pakistani cricketer, Mohammad Amir, after imprisonment and a five-year ban for cheating, has been selected for Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand.

On hearing which, Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali quit the training camp in protest, Azhar offering to resign as captain. But they’ve been talked into playing after all.

Amir himself says, “People madly in love with cricket, they got hurt . . . . I’m here to be good and I want to be good . . . . I’m a changed person . . . .

“I am sure they will adore me.”

Perhaps so.

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Anyway, emotivist modern society with its:

Arbitrary values,

Idolatry of celebrities,

Determination to Dumb-Down every issue, and its

Side-trackability . . . .

. . . will soon forget the ethical side of things.

Aren’t Hafeez and Azhar dispensible anyway?

Their absence being likely to reduce money taken at the gate less than Amir’s return should increase it.

Money is what professional sport is about.

 

 

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7
Oct

AFL FOOTBALL FINAL RESULT TRIGGERS CELEBRATIONS AT HAWTHORN: good to see people happy. but are they really happy? or are they just distracting themselves from deep emptiness?

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

The day after last Saturday’s AFL Final, thousands of fans gathered at Glenferrie Oval which the media described as “their spiritual home”.

Sport is Australia’s religion.

Is that true? Literally true?

Is skill at brawling over possession of a ball the most spiritual thing our culture offers for celebration or worship?

Really?

This puts a new slant on the question of “homelessness”.

Australia’s biggest problem is perhaps not so much physical homelessness, as spiritual homelessness.

Is sport our biggest enemy preventing Australians finding a real motivation for life??

Can’t we somehow get things into proportion so that sport’s good points help us find meaningfulness – instead of being a meaning-less secular addiction?

 

17
Jul

IAN THORPE: back in the news.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities, Lifestyle, sport

Ian Thorpe has told the media he is homosexual.

He is getting lots of applause.

In his book a couple of years ago, he said, “I am not gay”.

Was he lying then?

Ian Thorpe is yet another celebrity who has been destroyed by being a celebrity.

He admits to having turned to alcohol abuse to try to cope. Also “depression” pills.

Being a celebrity you have to behave like a performing monkey.

On demand.

Yes, you have to keep performing at a certain level on demand — or you’ll be forgotten tomorrow.

You know that people don’t really think of you as a human being.

You’re being used as a small disposable cog in a monster industry.

Anyway, Ian Thorpe is now getting more applause.

For what exactly?

For signing up as a cog in yet another industry determined to use him up?

I refer to the “gay-rights-same-sex-marriage” industry.

Has he turned to them in despair – a last cry for help in a world that won’t let him be normal?

Is Ian Thorpe “gay”? Or is he just lonely?

Does he know which it is himself?

Pray God he finds somebody to turn to who is interested in him for his own sake.

 

 

4
Jul

AMBITION: what to aim for in life.

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

The neighbourhood primary school recently had a “career day”.

The newspaper interviewed five students (aged 9 and 10) asking “what they wanted to be when they grew up”.

They replied:

“an AFL football player”

“a soccer player”

“an Olympic swimmer”

“a famous gymnast”

“a famous motor-bike rider”

Was there something wrong with the question?

These sound more like answers to: “What might you do in your spare time?” Not to what you want to be . . . .

Surely a person who grows up will want to be . . . a good parent, a good worker, a good follower of their faith — something like that.

These children seem already to be dupes of the celebrity cult/culture, in which celebrities get rich and famous by not really growing up.

These children would be almost impossible to talk out of their now ingrained obsessions.

Probably nobody will try anyway.

To do that would need parents willing to be counter-cultural — which requires bravery in today’s world.

 

5
Jun

PROUD TO PLAY? isn’t pride (sometimes) a sin?

by Arnold Jago in Health, Lifestyle, sport

If you use Google you’re likely to be confronted by a clickable link to YouTube “ProudToPlay” site.

Might you be tempted to have a look under the impression that it’s about sport cleaning up its act re drugs, gambling or such?

Be advised – that’s not what it is about.

It’s about “honouring LGBT athletes for Gay Pride”.

“LGBT” meaning male and female homosexual, confused-sexual and confused-gender . . . .

Must we use sport to try to normalise the abnormal?

If people have disordered (homosexual or similar) tendencies which they choose not to curb, should they be further misled by being encouraged to consider their situation OK?

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Obviously there’s no reason to be unpleasant to homosexual people – or any people.

But people’s problems should not be trivialised.

That doesn’t help anybody.

 

8
Feb

SPORT AS A HUMAN “RIGHT”? is Google infallible? has the Olympic movement done more harm than good?

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Common Sense, Entertainment, Lifestyle, sport

Today if you click onto Google, you are confronted by the following thought/platitude/chestnut:

 “The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practising sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.”

Mutual understanding, friendship, solidarity, fair play?

You can’t fault any of them.

But are they what sport represents in the real world?

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In today’s world, isn’t sport all about winning — doing whatever it takes?

Plus “sledging” — making the opponent feel bad . . . ?

And about “celebrities” — sport “heroes” who often get away with behaviour that, in anyone else, would merit well-deserved punishment?

And about gambling . . . in professional sport today, who knows which side and which player is trying not to win, but is being paid to lose?

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Another drawback of sport is how we’ve let it destroy the special-ness of Sundays.

On every public park, every Sunday morning, so many children gather for hours on end — hitting rubber balls, kicking leather balls, running, jumping, squabbling . . . .

Do their parents really want them to grow up miserable, meaningless, win-at-all-costs, cut-throat, atheistic little materialists?

Those children need a reason to exist and nobody is telling them one.

They need to learn about God — how we can know that he exists — how he loves us — how he wants us to live in obedience to him here on earth — how he wants us finally to  come and live with him and enjoy him forever in heaven . . . .