With so much of our society being open to interpretation and forcing you to have to take a position, I’m beginning to find the simpler things of more value. When even popular entertainment such as TV and films have such ambiguous or questionable endings that you end up having to do research to figure out what the hell they mean, something’s wrong. I”m looking particularly at the endings of Lost, The Sopranos and Inception as examples.
That being said, I’m taking an even greater refuge in the sports world for my entertainment. Sports is entirely cut and dried. There’s a winner and a loser every single time. There may be some questionable things in any given game (strange decisions by coaches or officials, for example) but usually you can at least see the reasoning behind either end of the decision. If Tiger Woods performs badly, there are usually things you can point to that contribute to that. If a pitcher throws a terrible game, their are clear statistics to reflect just how bad he was.
I believe that it is the simplicity of sports in this regard that makes following them a nearly universal experience. Sports can generate a common language between people who would otherwise have no connection whatsoever between them. Living in Wisconsin, I can run into another person in a Red Sox hat or shirt or whatever and instantly have something to talk to this person about. If, conversely, I run into a Yankee fan, instant animosity.
Sports can also heal us as a society. Everyone I know (myself included) pulled for the New York teams immediately after 9/11. I will always remember where I was when the Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years or when the Patriots won the 2001 Super Bowl.
What are some of your favorite (or least favorite) sports moments?