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.
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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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To The Coach Who Took Away My Confidence

You had me playing in fear.
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"The road to athletic greatness is not marked by perfection, but the ability to constantly overcome adversity and failure."

As a coach, you have a wide variety of players. You have your slow players, your fast players. You have the ones that are good at defense. You have the ones that are good at offense. You have the ones who would choose to drive and dish and you have the ones that would rather shoot the three. You have the people who set up the plays and you have the people who finish them. You are in charge of getting these types of players to work together and get the job done.

Sure, a coach can put together a pretty set of plays. A coach can scream their head off in a game and try and get their players motivated. A coach can make you run for punishment, or they can make you run to get more in shape. The most important role of a coach, however, is to make the players on their team better. To hopefully help them to reach their fullest potential. Players do make mistakes, but it is from those mistakes that you learn and grow.

To the coach the destroyed my confidence,

You wanted to win, and there was nothing wrong with that. I saw it in your eyes if I made a mistake, you were not too happy, which is normal for a coach. Turnovers happen. Players miss shots. Sometimes the girl you are defending gets past you. Sometimes your serve is not in bounds. Sometimes someone beats you in a race. Sometimes things happen. Players make mistakes. It is when you have players scared to move that more mistakes happen.

I came on to your team very confident in the way that I played the game. Confident, but not cocky. I knew my role on the team and I knew that there were things that I could improve on, but overall, I was an asset that could've been made into an extremely great player.

You paid attention to the weaknesses that I had as a player, and you let me know about them every time I stepped onto the court. You wanted to turn me into a player I was not. I am fast, so let me fly. You didn't want that. You wanted me to be slow. I knew my role wasn't to drain threes. My role on the team was to get steals. My role was to draw the defense and pass. You got mad when I drove instead of shot. You wanted me to walk instead of run. You wanted me to become a player that I simply wasn't. You took away my strengths and got mad at me when I wasn't always successful with my weaknesses.

You did a lot more than just take away my strengths and force me to focus on my weaknesses. You took away my love for the game. You took away the freedom of just playing and being confident. I went from being a player that would take risks. I went from being a player that was not afraid to fail. Suddenly, I turned into a player that questioned every single move that I made. I questioned everything that I did. Every practice and game was a battle between my heart and my head. My heart would tell me to go to for it. My heart before every game would tell me to just not listen and be the player that I used to be. Something in my head stopped me every time. I started wondering, "What if I mess up?" and that's when my confidence completely disappeared.

Because of you, I was afraid to fail.

You took away my freedom of playing a game that I once loved. You took away the relaxation of going out and playing hard. Instead, I played in fear. You took away me looking forward to go to my games. I was now scared of messing up. I was sad because I knew that I was not playing to my fullest potential. I felt as if I was going backward and instead of trying to help me, you seemed to just drag me down. I'd walk up to shoot, thinking in my head, "What happens if I miss?" I would have an open lane and know that you'd yell at me if I took it, so I just wouldn't do it.

SEE ALSO: The Coach That Killed My Passion

The fight to get my confidence back was a tough one. It was something I wish I never would've had to do. Instead of becoming the best player that I could've been, I now had to fight to become the player that I used to be. You took away my freedom of playing a game that I loved. You took away my good memories in a basketball uniform, which is something I can never get back. You can be the greatest athlete in the world, but without confidence, you won't go very far.

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The Impossible Has Finally Happened, Mike McCarthy Was Released As The Green Bay Packers' Head Coach

I personally appreciate everything you have done for this organization and wish you good luck in your future endeavors. But for now, all I can say is "Go Pack, Go."

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After a disgusting game, and season, by the Green Bay Packers, the team has decided to let go of head coach Mike McCarthy. The Packers fell, from the then (2-9) Cardinals, in disgusting manners. There was horrible play-calling, poor throws, dropped passes, missed kicks and horrible defense. The whole season has been a disappointment after week 1. The Packers have gone (3-7-1) since making the Bears look stupid. Aaron Rodgers has looked a bit off, the terrible play calling was scarily apparent, and there was just a sad stigma surrounding this team the whole year. The Packers are now out of the playoffs and out of a head coach.

Much of the blame on this team has been on Mike McCarthy. He has been the Packers head coach for 12 years and has even brought us to a Super Bowl. He is riddled with successes and that probably has something to do with Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre. Regardless, he has been there for a very long time and it is sad to see him go as a fan. It was the right call to fire him because he was not what the team needed anymore, but it doesn't mean we shouldn't cherish the good times he has given us.

The main reason Mike McCarthy lost his job was that of his play-calling and player decisions. To start, Aaron Jones is a beast at running back. This has been known for over a year, yet it seems as though McCarthy didn't know that. He would only give Jones the ball about 8-10 times a game which doesn't show his capabilities. It made the team weak in the running game because we weren't utilizing our best running back.

McCarthy's play-calling was some of the worst I have ever seen as well. Take for instance the most recent game. It was a 3rd and 13 and Mike McCarthy called a fucking screen pass. Who the hell thinks to use a play that gives minimal gains on a play where we needed 13 yards. It was also seen in the god-awful playbook. The routes on the Packer wide receivers gives a disadvantage to Aaron Rodgers. There never seems to be a check down pass or a simple pass that might get Rodgers out of a rut. It seems as though the receivers would always go vertical and make Rodgers throw the ball away if there were no open receivers. This explains why Rodgers' completion percentage is extremely low for his caliber.

McCarthy just seemed reliant on sticking with the past and never changing with the game. He would never run the ball when we needed too, he would never put the correct players in to give us better chances of winning, and he would never illuminate negative energy near the end. Even after all of this negativity, it shouldn't take away from his legacy. He was a great coach for about a decade and lead our team to a bunch of successes. I am a sad Packers fan today because we lost a person we had for so long. But we must not dwell on the past, we should look into the future. We will get a new coach that will rejuvenate our team and lead us to another Super Bowl. Mike, I personally appreciate everything you have done for this organization and wish you good luck in your future endeavors. But for now, all I can say is "Go Pack Go".

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