Sports As Inspiration

Susie Lindau’s (hilarious!) post about snowboarder Louie Vito and Shaun White’s recent perfect 100 score in the X Games Superpipe … and of course the huge sporting event coming up this weekend that will have the majority of Americans parked in front of their TV’s (hint: starts with SUPER, ends with too much chili 🙂 ) inspired this week’s picture blog of sports related ephemera. Enjoy and let me know what inspires you…

Sports have it all: highs, lows, comic relief and unimaginable drama. But what inspires us so much about athletic events? Of course there is the sheer, balletic athleticism.

There is also the cathartic shedding of emotions through the medium of a sporting event.  That’s why we yell at the TV, right? Go! Go! GO!

And then there’s the idea that we can do this stuff too. If we only had the chance…and the right equipment…and a trainer…and, oh, the athletic ability.

And last, let’s not forget the poetry of the human body, honed to perfection through training and discipline, pitted against another in a contest to see who wins. Because there can only be one winner.

Do sports inspire YOU? Would you rather do or watch?

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17 thoughts on “Sports As Inspiration

  1. susielindau says:

    Thanks Kecia for the shout-out!
    I would say that watching any sporting event live is more than thrilling to me. The Winter X Games blew me away. I don’t know how they muster up their courage to try some of these tricks for the first time. When we saw the US OPEN (Tennis), I couldn’t get over the power and endurance of the pros.
    I will be joining millions of others this Sunday and will watch the Super Bowl!
    Great post!

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  3. Emma Burcart says:

    I’m not going to actually watch the super bowl, since there are no teams I’m interested in seeing. But, I do love sports. Especially when the guys take off their shirts when they win. Yeah, that motivates me! Fun post.

  4. Kecia, great post. My husband is a do-er, he is a runner who worries that he’s one and a half seconds off his record time. I was an athlete once, when I trained and completed a five mile open ocean swim. Once I accomplished that feat, I never felt the need to repeat it.

  5. Sports and athletes totally inspire me. I LOVE sports movies. That said, I hardly ever watch any on TV. The only exception for me is the Olympics. I adore all the olympics, record every minute and spend 2 weeks of every olympic year totally consumed with it.

    • Kecia Adams says:

      Yep. I’ll be glued to my TV for those two weeks too. I love all the STORIES that come out of the sacrifice and true hardship some of the athletes have to go through to get where they are. 🙂

  6. journalpulp says:

    There’s a writer I like, a relatively little-known author named Kent Nelson, who’s published a lot of books and won awards, and one of my favorite of his books is a collection of short stories called Toward the Sun, which are sports stories. These stories go deeper than sports, though. It’s probably the best collection of sports stories I’ve ever read.

    I’m an athlete — I’ve been an athlete all my life — it wasn’t something I really chose, and, you know, there is a lot of legitimate metaphor in sports. But, of course, like anything, it must be done well:

    http://kentsnelson.com/bibliography.htm

    I liked your article.

    • Kecia Adams says:

      Thanks for stopping by. I haven’t read a good sports story since I consumed National Velvet at that typical age for girls, and I’m not sure that counts because the horse is the athlete. Now that I think of it, though, I did really like Seabiscuit too…and not just the horse. I will check Kent Nelson out.

  7. journalpulp says:

    I know a lot of writers who are turned off by sports stories, I’m not entirely sure why. Perhaps some Imaginary dichotomy between the physical and the mental.

    One of my top-ten favorite movies of all-time is the first Rocky.

    Kent Nelson used to be a professional tennis player and a professional squash player, as I recall, and his first book is titled The Tennis Player. I heard that during a running race recently, he had a heart attack and actually died for a few minutes but was revivified. Yikes.

    He’s not that old (early sixties).

    • Kecia Adams says:

      Wow. That’s an amazing story in itself. I do like romances with sports guys in them…so sexy. 🙂 And I love sports movies: The Replacements, The Natural, Field of Dreams, Bull Durham (Kevin Costner when he was still good in stuff :).

  8. journalpulp says:

    I really liked Bull Durham. I kind of forgot about. As a matter of fact, when I was very young, I used to really like Kevin Costner, even though I never thought he could act. (I still don’t.) It was his character — Crash? — in Bull Durham, and his character in No Way Out — Tom Ferrell — that made me like him. A testament to the power of a good character, I suppose.

    I could talk about movies forever. But I make it a rule not to bore people I haven’t known for at least a thousand years.

    • Kecia Adams says:

      😉 Good rule. And No Way Out was one of my favorite movies of all time. I love a flick that twists and twists again. Recent one I liked (though very creepy and graphic) was Drive with Ryan Gosling. Very twisty.

  9. journalpulp says:

    Hi Kecia. It occurred to me that you might be interested in a movie that flew way under the radar, and which was directed by the same fellow who did No Way Out. It’s called White Sands — over 20-years-old now — and I loved it:

  10. Subhan Zein says:

    Sports do inspire me! I love soccer and my passion is Germany national team.

    Thanks for sharing this post! Have a great day! 🙂

    Subhan Zein

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