Today’s rant is less of a rant than an encouragement. In 1960, President, and avid sportsman, John F. Kennedy lamented the growing lethargy he observed in the United States. He prophetically warned of becoming a nation of spectators instead of participants. Fifty years later, we’ve witnessed the growth of spectator sports in the US into billion dollar enterprises while youth sports leagues and other participatory outlets struggle.
Tonight, when the Pacers and Bulls tip in the United Center, I’ll be lugging my ancient butt up and down an elementary school gym floor. When faced with the dilemma of staying home and watching my team in the playoffs, or getting out and actually playing the game, the choice is an easy one. Although my teammates (and my body tomorrow morning) would rather I stay firmly entrenched on the couch with some chips and a cold adult beverage, I’m making the conscious decision to stay active.
I encourage all of you out there (the literal tens of you that will read this) to get up off the couch and play! It’s good exercise, good fellowship, and an outstanding way to release some of that pent up hostility toward the (choose one: boss, spouse, IRS, colleague, kids). So rather than cursing at your big screen and kicking the family pet, get out on the floor, or take a few cuts at the batting cages, or drive a bucket of balls. You (and your dog) will be glad you did.