Why are we so attracted to sports? Chet Forte and the team at Wide World of Sports phrased it best, “The Thrill of Victory & the Agony of Defeat.”
As a society we are emotionally connected to our favorite team or athlete. We live vicariously through them. You can’t tell me women don’t dream about making the winning goal like Brandi Chastain or putting someone in an arm bar like Rhonda Rousey.
The fan displays unconditional love and passion for their favorite team or athlete. It’s the one thing that can bridge any divide. But its biggest attraction is being able to watch someone who displays a WILL TO WIN.
We all have that WILL, but the athlete displays it on the grandest stage, thus encouraging us to forge ahead and challenge our own fears. That WILL TO WIN is what’s known as INTESTINAL FORTITUDE.
Intestinal fortitude is a noun simply described as “courage and perseverance”. Like when Jordan scored 38 points of game 5 of the finals leading his Bulls to a win later collapsing on the bench, with a flu that would’ve kept most of us home from work. Or when Kirk Gibson trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth hit a two run homerun off future hall of famer, Dennis Eckersley to win the game, one that ultimately led the Dodgers to capturing the World Series.
I remember being in the building when the late Diego Corrales’ eyes, almost swollen shut, went down twice in the 10th round against Jose Luis Castillo; the referee looking intensely for a reason to stop the fight. Then just like a scene out of a great Hollywood script, Diego hit Castillo with a beautiful right hand and stopped him, as the crowd rose to their feet screaming at the top of their lungs with excitement.
I’m sure that over the last 20 years there has been several children named Kobe and it’s not because of the beef. Grown men dress in costume as if it were Halloween attending NFL games and soccer fans get so involved in the outcome of the game that violence in the stands isn’t uncommon.
When all of America rooted for heavyweight champion Joe Louis to defeat the German Max Schmeling in a time of segregation, sports simply put, allowed the world to put all their differences aside and come together if just for a few hours.
These are just some of the reasons why we have the LOVE OF THE GAME and just some of the types of conversations that give total strangers something to talk about. I often find these conversations while enjoying a cigar at 2nd Street Cigar Lounge.
Hopefully you will read this, stop by and add to the discussion.