2018-04-12 / Sports


Following sports religiously
By Mike Wilson
Sports Reporter

Mike Wilson Mike Wilson It is Friday April 6th, and most of the area high school sports teams kick off their seasons on Monday April 9th, so this should be a good afternoon to stop by a couple of schools and chat with the coaches and get their thoughts on the approaching season, except I look out the window and there is a blizzard taking place. It is hard enough to hit a baseball, but it is pretty much impossible to hit a baseball in a white-out!

So what is a sports guy to do when everything is called off due to SNOW? If I can’t watch sports I’ll watch some sports movies! There are some great sports movies, here is a short list of some of my favorites: Hoosiers, The Blind Side, Pride of the Yankees, Friday Night Lights, Breaking Away, Cool Runnings, Rudy, Remember the Titans, 42, Rocky, Raging Bull, Somebody up there Likes Me, Karate Kid, and Chariots of Fire. Sports films are as a rule inspiring, about someone overcoming great odds, or how sports helped changed the world. It is almost impossible to watch one of these movies and not start rooting for the underdog, like Rocky, or the Karate Kid. Who is not inspired by the likes of Rudy, Radio, or the bobsled team from Jamaica? How many of us were changed or challenged by the story in Remember the Titans or 42?

I think one of my all-time favorite sports films is Chariots of Fire. First of all it has great music, next time you’re working outside (shoveling snow-good grief!) or working out, put Vangelis’ music from Chariots of Fire on your iPod and see if it doesn’t make you feel like running on a beach somewhere. Better than the music however, is the true story that is told in the movie. The movie is about an Olympic runner, Eric Liddell who because of his Christian faith refused to run his Olympic race and sacrificed his chance to be an Olympic champion because it would have meant running on a Sunday. He not only had his teammates angry with him, but his entire country as well. I look around today and it makes me sad that for most kids today there is nothing special about Sundays.

It wasn’t all that long ago that you couldn’t even buy a loaf of bread on Sunday because there were no stores open, now they play little league games, Pop Warner games, AYSO games, AAU games and more on Sundays, no longer do we have that time to set aside our schedules and pressures. Sundays are no longer family days, no longer days for lazy games of catch, or dozing by the pond as you wait for a fish to bite, and no more for driveway games of hoops against the garage. Kids today see Sunday as just another day, it is no longer special and that makes me sad. As school violence, bullying, drug abuse, and suicide numbers continue to grow, I wonder if maybe some of us need to stand up like Eric Liddell did and refuse to sacrifice our faith and refuse to give up the Lord’s Day. There is an old saying if they held a game and nobody came would they still play the game?

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