Sporting Rivalry ….. Has long been something that has encompassed the world , every country has teams in some sport or another , Foot Ball , Soccer , Cricket , Rugby , Basket Ball , Base Ball , there are many others but you get the drift . Come playing time especially if it is country versus country , you see the huge hype on TV , News Papers , Radio , Social Media , my team will beat your team and nothing will stop us , lol, but each team says the same , each team believes the same but as we know there can only be 1 winner . The team that plays the best , wins the day , the team that has the best coach , manager , helpers will ultimately win because they have the back up behind them and all the support they need to have the confidence to win. Without this proper back up it is difficult for a team to have the confidence they need , but with it they will have a better chance of winning .
We have at the moment what is called State of Origin Rugby going to start here , it is 1 team from 1 state in Australia versus another team from another state in Australia , this 1 coming up is Queensland versus New South Wales , and the teams must consist of players that were born in either state before they are allowed to play . Right now you cannot see , hear or do anything much that is not coloured either blue or maroon , as Queensland is maroon and New South Wales is blue , as the fans that love this sort of rivalry seem to go right off their tree it is quite funny to watch when looking in as an outsider . Don’t get me wrong I am just as bad when my Football team is playing another team , all I can see is my team and nothing else , and also where my country is playing another country I’m 1 of the most fanatical you can get as I love my country as much as most people do theirs.
In 1 sense it is good to see such patriotism but sometimes it also goes over the top and people do some very ugly things that have nothing to do with sport but tars the name of sport anyway the players themselves hate to see such things going on as they just play because they love to play and they love to win , it is just wrong that some people take it over the top and use it .Yes a lot of players are only in it for the money but if they are good enough good luck to them , if you are good enough in whatever you do why should you not get paid for it , seems fair to me . Most players though just play for the sheer love of the game and it motivates them to do well and encourage young ones to follow in their footsteps . Also it gives the young ones a sense of achievement and purpose if they choose sport and also motivates them to do better and keep doing better till they are the best at what they do , this is what all senior players hope for to teach the young to play well and play fair .
There are also unfortunately some players , though thankfully not too many that can be corrupted and will throw matches for money , even games they are playing in themselves are not immune to being bet against. There are so are so many ways to bet on sport now it ( to me ) has just got out of hand and causes way too much trouble that it takes the fun out of it for too many . Time and again we see this illegal betting and thousands of dollars or pounds or whatever change hands , to my mind all these adverts for betting shops should be banned as it only makes it too easy for people to waste money they do not really have . If they only used money set aside for betting and not run themselves into debt it would be ok but that never happens .
Another good thing about sports and all its ramifications is that a lot of money can be raised for charities by the clubs , and so often you will see big sports name players doing things for charity , like bike rides or swimming or marathons or something similar . I admire the way these people will spend hours doing these things to help others who need it without thought of payment and set aside the time to do it . Just love to see the smiles on some of the children’s faces when their sports hero’s come to see them on these charity days , it brings the children a small amount of relief from whatever is wrong with them and that has to be good . When you see whole clubs get behind a charity or a cause it is a great thing and to see the way they throw themselves into it makes you believe if only for a little while that there is still some good in the world yet , though it is getting harder and harder to find .
So all in all sports can be a great thing it can make us learn responsibility to ourselves , our team mates , and others watching, it helps us to learn how to work together and not to try and be a ” show pony ” type , if more people got into sport and learned how to help others and be a part of a team then the world would be a lot better off .
Autocorrect makes me say things I didn’t Nintendo.