Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sports: Where Perspective is a Bad Thing

Let me preface this by saying that I am no Lebron James apologist. In fact, half of my tweets are dedicated to cheap jokes about the same tired Lebron themes: no championship, indifference to taking big shots, receding hairline. But my dislike of Lebron is not a deeply-held personal conviction. It's just that I'm a Celtics fan, and he happens to stand in their way.

Sports are weird like that. But sports are weird in another way too: when it comes to our favorite athletes, we value their blatant lack of real-world perspective. And when athletes do demonstrate an awareness that there are way more important things out there than winning a game, we get frustrated. Perhaps the central victim of our strange misguided thinking when it comes to sports is Lebron.