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Why do you think people get involved in sports?

Asked at Dillons, 1015 West 23rd St. on August 15, 2011

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“In high school you weren’t cool unless you did sports.”

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“Parents.”

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parrothead8 2 years, 8 months ago

I played soccer because I thought it was fun. My parents asked me after each of my first four seasons if I wanted to stop playing. Finally, after my fifth season, I asked them to stop asking me, and said that if I ever wanted to quit, I'd tell them.

Based on the answers I see from the respondents, it seems like people don't play sports for the fun of it anymore. That's a pity.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 8 months ago

Can we say peer group pressure from home,desire to be the most popular, peer group pressure from Jock heaven and being insecure with oneself?

If the large spot lights and attention were turned on the male and female A students that choose 1. low impact exercise such as bicycling 2. builds excellent woodworking projects 3. demands healthy diets in school 4. loves taking long walks to chill out a bit 5. pays attention to politics thus their money 6. sex education 7. Arts: music/dance/performance/drawing/painting/clay/ etc etc

Yet sees no future in: 1. broken bones 2. concussions 3. worn out knees and ankles

Maybe just maybe our children might have the strength to be themselves and kick peer group pressure out of their lives.

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MajorPeterezz 2 years, 8 months ago

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tange 2 years, 8 months ago

I think most people just get caught up in the traffic and are routed into the stadium parking lot, where tailgating culinary delights cinch the deal.

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jaywalker 2 years, 8 months ago

vertigo: "Competition, teamwork, camaraderie... ultimately sports are games- and games are fun!"

AMEN!

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edjayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Sports are really entertainment as opposed to a means to a end. Sure its competition, but being able to have a release from the daily grind of life is more about feeling good with entertainment.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

Spacehog on film, courtesy of Ronaldo. The wierdo takes his shirt off, then goes and buys a bag of booze and takes off on his skateboard with his manservant. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tElEph...

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g_rock 2 years, 8 months ago

Because knee socks and sweat bands are like really cool, man.

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Kontum1972 2 years, 8 months ago

they like to smell themselves.....

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

I eat nothing but Kansas sashimi: raw lake fish, pork, and chicken, sliced really thin and dipped in a mix of shoyu(soy sauce) and wasabi. I've become good friends with the 6 foot tapeworm that lives in my stomach. I named him Hank.

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CWGOKU 2 years, 8 months ago

Any reason for playing sports other than becasue you want to is wrong. Spent the past weekend in Omaha because my daugher's team was in a tournament there. Great soccer mom viewing. I got lots of photos. Of the team.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

Yep, another average weekend for the hog. I was driving to work on the SLT last month, doing about 75mph after smoking a bowl. All of a sudden the trunk of my '72 Fleetwood flies open and spacehog goes flying through the air. He was nekked and covered in shaving cream, which morphed into road rash when he tumbled down the middle of K10 for about 30 yards. I would have gone back to get him but I was pissed. I knew damn well my trunk was full of shaving cream and dead squirrels.

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Kontum1972 2 years, 8 months ago

the thought of re-occuring jock itch and the smell of dirty towels...and tennis shoes...testosterone envy....more....! oh yeah...flipping towels...!

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My_Life 2 years, 8 months ago

The nice locker room and shower facilities.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 8 months ago

All this talk of sports puts me in the mood for a few rounds . . . of golf . . . sandbar style.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

The last great sporting event I went to was Jane's Addiction's final show before they broke up in 1991. It was at Aloha Tower in Honolulu. They came out to play "Mountain Song" for the encore and Perry Farrel was nekked, I mean stark nekked. The handful of cops there didn't do a single thing. Way cool. Only in Hawaii and maybe SF. Now if I even posted the youtube link to the video, my account would be banned. And it doesn't even show any frontal nudity. But if you're interested, just search Jane's Addiction - Mountain Song - Last Show 9-26-91.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

I say nurture. If you primarily listen to RATM, Tool, Megadeath, and Metallica, you're bound to end up a pretty angry, sullen person. It's okay in small doses, but if I listened to Tool all the time I'd be dangling by the end of a rope.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

Babs, you'd be better off running into a brick wall. Seriously, the dude is built. I mean corn-fed built. It would feel like you fell asleep on some slippery rocks. Speaking of which, I'm back on my thorazine again and feeling much better. I got ahold of some wet weed over the weekend, heavy on the angel dust. I have no idea what happened, but I woke up yesterday on my neighbor's lawn in nothing but my wife's panties and my cowboy boots.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 8 months ago

"Nature or nurture?"

Not sure of the cause, but the result is pure entertainment.

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pace 2 years, 8 months ago

I think parents want their kids to play tough, to play hard, to permanently injure parts of their body before they are fully grown. Most of the kids who played sports in school weren't cool, but they were injured. The cool kids read books.

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prospector 2 years, 8 months ago

Wondering how many times Babboy was knocked out playing football? That could be a cause for the rage. Or was he just born that way? Nature or nurture?

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1029 2 years, 8 months ago

When I was six years old, my Dad told me that he would break both of my thumbs if I didn't play baseball, so I played baseball.

And then I played basketball one year because the games were on Saturday mornings and it allowed me to skip CCD.

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CWGOKU 2 years, 8 months ago

So I can hang out with the soccer moms...........

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 8 months ago

"but rather for all of the free peanut butter and fish tacos that I can eat"

No offense, Dude, but peanut butter and fish tacos sound disguisting.

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somedude20 2 years, 8 months ago

I get into sports not for the girls, glory or money but rather for all of the free peanut butter and fish tacos that I can eat. My fav sport is playing with myself btw...fun for the entire family!!!!

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psycho_theclown 2 years, 8 months ago

One of the girls I dated in HS played softball then and in college. She no longer dates my type. I hope it wasn't something I did.

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

Are you saying that numbness is relative? Or sometimes my relatives are numb. Numbness can be akin to drunkeness also. Kind of reminds me of the time I got struck by lightning.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 8 months ago

"Maybe that would numb his brain into a better state or whatever the flip he is babbling about....."

How numb are we talking? Fall down on the rocks numb?

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

/adjust seat/ orders popcorn. OK..GO!

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BABBOY 2 years, 8 months ago

To vent anger.

Imagine tackling RI with one of those full speed low horitional hits right his knees.........

Maybe that would numb his brain into a better state or whatever the flip he is babbling about.....

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 8 months ago

This whole nanny state mentality must stop! Do you realize there is proposed legislation in California that would make not having fitted sheets on hotel beds a crime?

As California goes, so goes the nation.

Straight to Hell

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

Then you get to just watch the games, and that's fun. But nobody likes to play football. Nobody.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 8 months ago

"T_O_B, Threading? Seriously?" RI

That was an accident. Something screwy is going on with the ljw this morning. All the chats are the most popular and the screen is jumping around. Also, I've burned through too many brain cells.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

I was gonna say this is a really stupid question, but I'll wait for Babboy to do it. It's his job, not mine.

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prospector 2 years, 8 months ago

Bob

At least he wasn't talking about Free State beer.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

Thanks for clearing that up, Bob. I had no idea what he was talking about.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

Hey Davey, celebrity sightings do not constitute bullying or making fun of people. If I allowed my picture to be published on this forum, I would expect some lighthearted potshots. The ability to laugh at myself is one of my best qualities. If you can't do that, you've got a hard road ahead of you.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 8 months ago

"An altered state of consciousness is another reason why many people begin sports. It may start out as curiosity or recreational use and elevate to addiction over time. Sports can make people feel different and can make them see the world in a new way. People do sports for artificial pleasure. These sports can numb pain from life situations, daily stress, or mental illness. The individual might find that they are a quick way to relax. However, over time they will develop addiction and no longer be able to feel pleasure at all without sports. In fact, some sports permanently damage the brain chemistry that creates happiness."

Middle finger to RI.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

Jani Lane, 1964-2011. Kind of a girly guy in a girly band. Nice guy. Too damn bad. At least Dr. Drew didn't do it this time. I think it was that mean drill sargeant Harvey on Celebrity Fit Club. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1Meaz...

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david_ 2 years, 8 months ago

Hey ljworld why do you keep allowing people to make fun of and humiliate others on here? I doubt anyone would ever answer your OTS questions if they were told you were going to let others humiliate them in public.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

The walking Google, layman psychoanalyst.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 8 months ago

Excellent call, MajorPeterezz! I was gonna say Carrot Top, but it's definitely more of an Art Garfunkel white guy 'fro. He does have a beautiful voice. I just enjoy footbal because I like getting hurt. Ask Andini.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 8 months ago

Sports can make people feel powerful. They may become confident and lose their inhibitions. Some sports make people more comfortable in social situations, and in certain groups of people sports elevate one’s social status. Sports can be used as a form of rebellion or to enhance sexuality. An altered state of consciousness is another reason why many people begin sports. It may start out as curiosity or recreational use and elevate to addiction over time. Sports can make people feel different and can make them see the world in a new way. People do sports for artificial pleasure. These sports can numb pain from life situations, daily stress, or mental illness. The individual might find that they are a quick way to relax. However, over time they will develop addiction and no longer be able to feel pleasure at all without sports. In fact, some sports permanently damage the brain chemistry that creates happiness.

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

For my father;; and then the girls; then for the money. But I didn't like it.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 8 months ago

I guess I got involved so coach would have someone to keep the bench warm . . .

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Gandalf 2 years, 8 months ago

Ego. (a fancy way of saying girls) :)

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MajorPeterezz 2 years, 8 months ago

1. For some reason, based on what I know about Walmart, I would take all the PTO that you have right now. Shopping at Dillons and work for Walmart? Hmm....

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pure_republication 2 years, 8 months ago

The goal is to teach children the love of the game!

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MajorPeterezz 2 years, 8 months ago

Nice try with the hat 'Dustin." However, you seem to have kept your young looks, Art. You have a beautiful voice, Art. And that is art, "Art.".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZGWQauQOAQ

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Multidisciplinary 2 years, 8 months ago

It appears the rumor that the owners of the Emporia Gazette buying LJWorld are true! This site is becoming more Brownbackistan everyday.

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Roland Gunslinger 2 years, 8 months ago

Competition, teamwork, camaraderie... ultimately sports are games- and games are fun!

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worthlessljworldposter 2 years, 8 months ago

For The Steroids. Hi, I'm Mark McGwire, and I'm here to tell about the glory and lifelong sense of achievement YOU can achieve, with Steroids.

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Multidisciplinary 2 years, 8 months ago

All together, in four part harmony (especially you early am swillers on the Group W bench)

First you play because your father wants you to. Then you play to get the girls. If you keep on playing, you do it for scholarships, and to get the girls. Then you play for the money and the girls. Then you get to just watch the games, and that's fun. .....

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Benjamin Roberts 2 years, 8 months ago

First - with an answer to the question.

Children get involved with sports because their parents enroll them. Adults usually participate for the social aspect.

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riverdrifter 2 years, 8 months ago

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