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Matthew Gravel's Weblog

 

Oct 10 2012

Escape From Reality


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I think that it is safe to say that everyone in this program loves sports, but have we really thought of why? Most of us have probably played many years of sports, and our professional dreams of playing are most likely over. Since that is the case why do we still want to be around the industry? One of the biggest reasons I think people do this, and the main reason I know I do, is because sports provide us with an escape from reality.

Everybody has struggles in their lives, whether that is at work, with their family, or in a relationship. At different points in our lives things are difficult, and we feel that life is not going exactly the way we would like it. Sports give us something to fall back on. Maybe your week isn’t going well at all, but when your football team wins on Sunday it gives you a spark that maybe things are going to turn around. That is what sports do for us. It gives us reason to believe that there is something out there for us to feel a real connection to, and gives us hope that there are things out there worth holding on to.

I also believe that it is human nature to want to be a part of something bigger than just an individual, and that is something that sports supply us with. When our team, in any sport, is winning, somehow it makes us feel like we are winning as well. When we forge relationships with a specific team or university it is the same exact way we forge relationships with other people. We feel loyal towards them, and invest a lot of time to follow them through the ups and downs of their existence.

At the end of the day, our lives do not hinder on whether our favorite teams win, but for some reason it feels like that. Personally, I know that whenever my team is in a close battle with another, especially in a big game, I feel nervous and anxious the same way that I do in normal every day life. Deep down, I know that the next day I’ll wake up, and I’ll go about my day no matter if my team wins or loses, but it still feels like when my team is playing so I am.

That is what is so special about sports, and why I believe the sport’s business industry is so special. As sport’s business professionals we get the chance to make a real difference in people’s lives. Not only do we get the opportunity to make the obvious difference by providing chances for underprivileged individuals to a better life, but also we get to give everyone an escape from reality. We get to give everyone who loves sports the chance to say, “Man, my week hasn’t been great, but my team is playing tonight, so at least I have that going for me!” That may not seem like a lot to some people, but to me that is the reason I want to work in the field.

Sports give individuals an outlet, maybe for only one night a week, but that is why it is so special. Because in a world where everyone is searching for something to call their own, and struggling to really figure out who they are, sports provide us with the opportunity to escape.

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