I’ve loved to compete my whole life.
It didn’t matter what it was – sports, academics, who could hold their breath the longest.
I wasn’t good at most sports, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying the thrill of competition, whether it was against another team or against myself.
These days, most of my competition is accomplished vicariously by watching sports on TV.
And I really don’t care what the sport is. If someone is competing, I want to watch it.
Usually, I understand what is going on, since I tend to watch sports I am familiar with – baseball, football, and basketball.
Other sports, like hockey or soccer, I don’t know all the rules, but I get the gist of what is going on.
But that’s not always the case, and tonight was a prime example.
My son and I went out to watch a rugby match between England and Ireland. Beyond figuring out that the goal is to get the ball across the goal line, I had no idea what was going on most of the time.
But that didn’t keep me from getting caught up in the excitement of the game, and cheering for the Irish lads (they lost 😦 )
(I also came to the conclusion that rugby players are among the toughest, and craziest, athletes I have watched.)
I think part of my love of sports is that they are not scripted, and anything can happen at any time. I also appreciate all the hard work that the athletes put into getting ready for the game.
I also think there are a lot of good life lessons that come out of competition – the importance of preparation, teamwork, how to be a good winner and a good loser, how to set goals, how to play fairly, and many others.
And when it comes to events like the Olympics, it’s a great chance to rally around your country and show some national pride.
So congrats to England on their victory tonight. I think before I watch another rugby match I should read up a bit on the finer points of the game.
P.S. I’ve also watched a cricket match, and I was even more confused. I had no idea what the goal of the game was, or how teams were scoring points. But I still couldn’t stop watching…