Why Sports And Politics Should Never Mix

Why Sports And Politics Should Never Mix

Sports and politics are not a good combination at all. Here's why.

In today’s world, it’s very hard to not hear about politics or sports wherever you are. Whether it’s controversy surrounding the upcoming election or Stephen Curry and the Warriors, chances are, you’ll hear about sports and politics more than you wish during the average day. And, very recently, the two have mixed.

And that’s a bad thing.

There are blatant examples, such as Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem protests, and there are hidden instances, such as players endorsing certain candidates on social media. But whatever the topic is, the player receives criticism one way or the other.

And here’s why that happens.

Politics are a very serious issue for some people – a subject that gets people very heated at times, such as myself.

Sports, on the other hand, are supposed to be an escape from the everyday world for most people. Sure, some people (writers, gamblers, die-hard fans) are invested in the game on a different level, but even to those extends, it’s an escape from the normal life.

I consider myself a die-hard fan, and sports are a very big deal to me. That’s largely due to the fact that it’s an escape for me. For three hours, I can watch or attend a ball game and not worry about life. I also play a sport – baseball – and for the three hours when I’m on the pitcher’s mound, it’s therapeutic. Nothing else matters but the game.

Politics, on the other hand, are a serious issue – especially in the year 2017. There’s no denying it – the upcoming election will greatly impact our country’s history. To most people, it’s a subject that causes great stress and works them up.

Those people go to sports for an escape. And sports are sports, and politics are politics.

I’ve noticed that whenever an athlete voices their opinion on the election or social issues, they get destroyed for it. And that’s because people like them as athletes – not politicians – who take their minds away from politics.

And the controversy …

Athletes should realize that no matter what they say about a politician or political issue, no matter how innocently they do it, they will be heavily criticized by one side – they can’t win.

Just a few days ago, certain NFL players voiced their opinion on Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump. The article, published by BleacherReport, received hundreds of comments – most of them not positive. The crux of the comments’ messages: sports and politics don’t mix well.

So, to all athletes voicing their political opinions: Yes, you have freedom of speech. But please don’t bring politics into sports.

It won’t please anybody.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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The NFL's Risky Policy Change Could Be The Beginning Of The End Of The National Football League

Fining players who choose to sit or kneel during the national anthem could be a big mistake for the NFL.

On May 23, 2018 the official National Football League (NFL) Twitter account posted their new policy for the behavior of personnel during the playing of the national anthem. While some people seem to be upset over this action, it seems that it is not drawing in nearly as much media coverage as the actions of quarterback Colin Kaepernick that likely prompted this policy change.

While other players eventually joined him in protesting the nation, he appeared to be the biggest threat to the NFL in terms of lowering their rating though he is currently a free agent and has not played on a team since 2016. So why exactly did the NFL decide on creating a policy if Kaepernick no longer plays for the NFL?

According to a Bleacher-Report article this action seems to be a desperate attempt to retain popularity and cash flow. The league probably believed they could make themselves more appealing to their fan base by removing the protests from the fields when they are actually just hurting their own profits. Something this erratic could not have been caused by just falling ratings or a drop in profits; the NFL is scared of something.

The biggest threat comes from Mr. Vince McMahon, the CEO of WWE and his upcoming re-introduction of the XFL with new rules from the previous 2001 XFL and the current NFL. The XFL is a football league that includes crazy nicknames, faster game play, fan involvement and no politics or criminal records whatsoever. The NFL is not only scared of losing fans but also of losing players to the hands of the influential McMahon. That is likely the reason they are desperately trying to regain fans and popularity.

The new policy is sort of an "out of the frying pan and into a different frying pan" scenario for protesting personnel.

Team associates are no longer required be on the field for the national anthem, but anyone who does not stand and show respect for the nation must remain in the locker room or risk a fine on themselves or the team. Another interesting point of the policy change is the idea of letting teams create their own punishments for players who do not follow the guidelines stated.

This could potentially be train wreck for teams and the NFL alike if a team bars a player from participating in the game as punishment because losing a player in an important game could cause the odds of a team winning a game to flip. With the Supreme Court allowing states to legalize sports betting, removing players from a game because they did not stand for the anthem would drive viewers and gamblers away from the NFL and over to XFL and other sports leagues.

Overall, the NFL is really just hurting themselves with this action.

The issue of players kneeling during the anthem was almost as forgotten as teebow-ing and had sorted itself out. If the NFL keeps these things up, the media will tear it apart, and when 2020 rolls around, the XFL will dominate the professional football scene while the NFL is left in the dust signalling the end of the league almost a century after its creation.

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