Numbers Game

Of the eight million student athletes who play high school sports, about 480,000 will compete in college–a whopping six percent. An even tinier portion of those student athletes will compete in a sport professionally.

Parents go nuts at youth sporting events. They’ll drive their kids six hours for a tournament, spending money at restaurants and hotels along the way, but won’t get out the checkbooks for piano lessons or trips to the museum. Our newspapers frequently dedicate a third of their copy space to sports coverage. Do sports make us happy? Better people? Healthier? Explain the fascination.

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14 Responses to Numbers Game

  1. Catherine Li says:

    Sports such as football became an integral part of the United States as a whole as it represented a sense of pride in one’s state. I personally do not understand the hype for sports as academics and education are far more important as knowledge is what will last the longest. I came to MSMS to get away from a sports-driven high school where all of the budget was spent on the football team and revamping the football field. School spirit was based around when football games were, and everyone was expected to attend the football games in support of the team. It didn’t matter if you took hard classes or had a high ACT score, teachers and administration valued students who played popular sports. I understand the importance of having physical activity in your life such as sports but letting it take over your whole life is unhealthy. There are many things I value before sports, and I wish some schools would always put academics before sports as the students who actually make a career out of a sport are rare.

  2. Samaria Swims says:

    People have an unhealthy obsession with sports. People will spend long hours inside or outside practicing a sport. I think people playing sports is a good thing, but spending all your time on a sport, and not doing anything else is when sports become unhealthy.People would not eat or sleep because of practicing one sport. Some people can turn it into a huge obsession. Sports can also be a good thing because it makes people healthier physically. People who play sports say that it can be a huge stress relief. If someone is stressing about a test, they could go play a sport, and be ready to make an A on the test the next day. Sports can also help people come together as a team and make more friendships that could last forever. Sports just make people happy.

  3. Emily Penton says:

    It’s football season and I absolutely can’t wait to watch the Saints play (Don’t come for me. I love my black and gold). I honestly miss going to football games on Friday nights at McLaurin. It was a time to relax, spend time supporting my school, and hang out with friends. However, I noticed at my school some people couldn’t even play because they don’t have the grades to play. They think sports can be the only thing they are good at, but I know if they tried as hard as they did at sports in school they could thrive. Sports are an escape for most people and it definitely makes them healthier, but sports should be just as important as academics. Most high school sports players cannot make a career of it. So even though it’s fun and keeps students healthy, parents need to place an importance on school. A balance needs to be found for student athletes so they can play the sport they love and still do well in school.

  4. Alicia Argrett says:

    Sports fill a void for entertainment, a sense of belonging, and pride. They have the ability to make us happy because when someone becomes attached to a specific team or sport, it becomes apart of their personal “family.” Especially living in America, a country that has produced some of the best athletes the world has ever seen, it is a huge part of our national culture. All of the hubbub about becoming a successful, professional athlete is completely understandable, however, it does a bigger precedence than it deserves. When an athlete has a salary the equivalent to the Powerball on a good day, that’s a bit much. And the fact that young athletes are being taught to rank the game over the books is detrimental.

  5. Khytavia Fleming says:

    Yes, to all of the above and more. Sports most definitely makes people happier and healthy. I feel people participate in sports for various reasons. Some might want to be “popular” while others might want to impress a girl/boy. Then, there are the people who are forced to play sports, and the people who would die for the game. There’s an excitement to sports that I believe no other art can give a person. The thrill of seeing someone get tackled, getting hit in the head with a volleyball, the several painful falls taken from soccer, etc. We can’t forget about the anger that people show while playing the sport from wanting to win. However, I do feel that there should be a balance between sports and other arts as well. I don’t think anyone is going be 70 playing football, basketball, etc, but there will forever be people sliding there hands up and down a piano or panting in the back of their backyard. Sports are awesome, but one should never limit themselves.

  6. Eric Lentz says:

    Until about four years ago, my nose was always so deep in a book that I never bothered to care or know anything about sports. Then, I moved out of Arkabutla, MS, to Hernando, MS, and it was as if my whole world changed. I had wifi for the first time, which meant a crazy obsession to Netflix, and my brother took me to a Grizzlies game. This particular “Grizz” game just happened to be a double-overtime win over the Charlotte Hornets in December of the 2014-15 season. I went to two more games that season (one being the game the Grizzlies were eliminated by that year’s eventual NBA Champions, Golden State Warriors, in Game 6 of the Conference Semi-Finals). This exposure to the atmosphere in FedEx Forum, appropriately dubbed “The Grindhouse”, catapulted me into a new world. This discovery coincided with me riding around with my brother who listened to sports radio all the time. This habit caught on with me. In the 8th grade, I remember listening to The Chris Vernon Show on 92.9 ESPN on the bus and at home every afternoon. The full 3 hour 11am-2pm show was put in the iTunes podcast app by the hour. Chris Vernon and his producer Jon Roser were hilarious with their analysis and it made sense to me. Since discovering this world, my dream has been to be one of those guys: cover the Memphis Grizzlies, have behind the scenes access, and have fun while doing it. I can’t think of anything more electric than being in the FedEx Forum during a Grizzlies playoff game. Once you are in a crowd of 17,000 plus people chanting “Whoop That Trick” (not defining in this entry for obvious reasons) heading into a second overtime against Kahwii

  7. Esmond Tsang says:

    Yes, sports contribute more to students than just a means of paying for college as hinted in the blog. Even in society, sports hold a significance in balancing the social and emotional well-being of many individuals. Sports are a reason to gather as a community. Sports are a reason to rise early and promote discipline. Sports are a reason to gracefully accept defeat. Sports are a reason to strike up a conversation. Sports are a reason to maintain fitness. The contributions that sports make are important and fascinating to uncover as each contributes to a person’s life differently. Sports are avenues to express our human desires of competition and happiness.

  8. Kai says:

    People that join and stay committed to sports are sure to enjoy them. Of course it is not always for everybody, but the kids who always looked forward or PE in elementary/ primary school will most likely still enjoy physical activities when they get older. Benefitting our bodies in more ways than one, sports can substantially increase not only our physical health, but mental health as well.
    Sports don’t always make us better people. Instead they cause some to become more competitive than others on and off the court or field , which is unnecessary in some cases. But sometimes being apart of a team makes us people more cooperative with each each other.
    In my opinion, sports are taken so seriously here because us students have been in school for so long that physical accomplishments are more interesting and impressive than academic accomplishments. People look up to sports heroes because some didn’t need a college degree to become successful. It gives people something to look forward to.

  9. X says:

    Sports do, indeed, make a lot of people happy. The adrenaline of the action and the satisfaction of learning a new skill holds us close to the sport. Physical activity benefits the body in ways that positively affects it mentally too. It’s an opportunity to develop a passion and grow in a social setting as well. However, it’s disappointing to see the time and money people will give to the sports industry. There are endless opportunities outside of sports. Some families prioritize sports so much that kids are restricted from pursuing other passions.

  10. Erin says:

    I think the sports make people happy sometimes. I’ve been an athlete all my life and I’ve always liked it. Some kids only do sports because their parents make them, but they still enjoy it. The rest of the kids do sports because their parents make them, but they hate it. I think parents make their children do sports because they think of sports as a way to build good habits like exercising and working well with a team. Parents should get their children as involved in the arts as they are in sports.

  11. Linda Arnoldus says:

    Sports do make us happy. In addition to physical benefits (getting stronger, losing weight, etc.) exercise releases endorphins, making us mentally happier. Every parent wants a strong and happy kid, which is why most kids are pushed to do sports. There comes a point where obsession with a sport can obscure your view from other things, though. For example, spending hours on the weekend playing soccer when you should be studying for the ACT. It is important to find a balance between a sport you like and other priorities in your life.

  12. Indeed, sports make us happy. Sports are more than just entertainment; they are stress-relievers. When you have homework for Calculus or an essay due for University English, sports are their to relax the nerves and give people something to cheer about. Although, museums serve well for a place of enlightenment, and lessons on the piano can eventually transform an individual to a musician, but it does not compare to the level of sports enthralling and attracting people around the world. It is arguably, an universal language. Everyone would love to see LeBron James dunk on two seven-footers at once, or Serena Williams hitting a 128mph serve, or Tom Brady executing a game-winning play. Overall, sports are undeniably addictive.

  13. X says:

    Sports keeps the typical American citizens very happy. It is their form of getaway from their responsibilities. I personally do not own a TV, so I don’t watch sports. I think that sports are overrated, and I find it boring to see tiny men run around on a screen. The players get paid millions for each game they participate in, lasting around four hours; that is 10 times more than a respectable doctor or lawyer who works a 9 am to 5 pm shift every day. Sports do not make the majority of the population healthier. In fact, it actually counters the purpose to those who are not involved in sports. After one gets off from work or school, one usually sits down on the couch and turns on the TV and watch sports and eat popcorn. This is not only a waste of time but also a huge health detriment. I would much rather be advancing my skill in music or knowledge in history. Parents promote sports more than education, and this is the core issue that lies in our society.

  14. Zakkaria Reaves says:

    Well, as a huge sports fan, I must agree that sports DO make us happy. I think sports make us happy because being in the competitive environment, is just soothing, especially if one is undergoing personal issues outside of being in the environment. Seeing the team you’re rooting for being in action, especially when they’re excelling and defeating their opponent, is simply a great feeling to experience, especially, aforementioned, during dark times. I also agree with the fact that sports better people. Being a huge supporter of several sports-loving/athletic friends, I can definitely vouch for the betterment of the individual due to their loved sport. Being a close friend of a great basketball player, who made the 2017-2018 Dandy Dozen’s list, I know being an athlete who believes that all they have is that sport, one who treats their adored sport as their very own carried child, it can change you, for the better. Not only as an individual, but as an athlete who is simply trying to perfect their craft to the point of no return. Of course it makes them healthier, because of the constant, long hours, inside of the gym, outside of the gym (on their own free time), and on the court, catching the scouts’ attention, they are becoming healthier physically, as well as mentally.

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