The Sadness of Sport

Sport. Yes, sport is one of the saddest things that happens to people. From a very young age nearly every child plays a sport. This is just setting them up for sadness. Sooner rather than later, the teams are not about just kids having fun anymore but about the team winning, so cuts are made and kids get upset because they have not made the team. Then once winning is made up to be the biggest deal with the sport, kids are upset when the lose a game. It is now wen the kids stop seeing the sport as fun, but rather as a duty to go out and win so they can be happy and not sad.

I love sports and my whole life revolves around them, this makes it so much harder to not get sad when I lose a game. When you devote so much time and effort into something and then the outcome is not what you wanted, you get sad. But when you put so much time and effort into something and the outcome is what you wanted, it feels amazing. That is what makes people come back to sports, the feeling of winning, but when you want to win s badly and then you lose, it hurts.

The thing that makes people the most sad when they play a sport, is the hope that you could win and then t is snatched away from you. For example, on Tuesday, it was the Litchfield vs. Wamogo soccer game and we were winning 3-2 with only 30 seconds to go when the Litchfeld team came down the field and tied it up to send the game into overtime. It was very saddening to not win the game but then to rub salt in the wound, Litchfield won the game with a minute to go in overtime. This is when I got the feeling when you are that sad, that you just stand and stare into nothing. I could feel my whole body sink and I just stood there emotionless, looking at the empty field in front of me.

Sport. Yes, sport does that to people.


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  1. Read: “It is now wen the kids stop seeing the sport as fun, but rather as a duty to go out and win so they can be happy and not sad.”….what do you mean?
    There is sadness in sport, but there is also the credit for trying:
    “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”-T. Roosevelt

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