7 Reasons The Olympics Are The Best

7 Reasons The Olympics Are The Best

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The Olympics come around every two years, or every four, depending on which sports you like the best. And the Olympics inspire so many feelings inside us; the people watching at home and the people actually competing. I love laying on my couch watching my team compete in the events I love. Sitting with my friends and family, wearing red, white, and blue, and yelling at the TV screen until our throats are sore, is what the Olympics are all about. Here are seven very good reasons why the Olympics are the best.

1. The Olympics Create Unity.

Everyone respects other countries, and everyone whats the athletes to do their best. It does not matter if your country wins or loses, because you are watching the very best of the best in the whole world compete for three spots. It creates unity in people all over the world, because everyone is in awe of the athletes spectacular abilities.

2. Team Spirit.

Everyone is patriotic during the Olympics, no matter where you are. Every country has pride in the top athletes they have picked to go represent their country. No one drags on their country, because they want their country to succeed.

3. Dreams are Achieved.

The athletes picked to go to the Olympics work their entire lives to be the very best. They have had a dream since they were 3 that all they wanted to do is be an Olympian. Watching these athletes make it past their trails to compete in the Olympics is amazing. We are literally watching someone's dreams be achieved on TV.

4. Everyone is a Good Sport.

Whether your country's athletes win or lose, everyone is a good sport. The first place winner always congratulates the second and third place winner, and vise versa. Everyone competing knows how much hard work and effort goes into making it to the Olympics. And just competing with athletes who are so good at what they do gives everyone competing a respect for those they have been pt up against.

5. A Newfound Respect for Other Sports.

Everyone wants their country to be the best, so other sports that people don't recognize because they aren't aware of them suddenly becomes an interest to people. To little kids, watching the Olympics opens their eyes to the possibilities of so many different kinds of sports and dreams that come along with them.

6. The Whole Entire World Competes.

Honestly, what is cooler than having the whole world compete in a bunch games?

7. IT'S THE OLYMPICS!

That's it. It's the Olympics for Pete's sake, that's why it's the best.

So go and sit on your couch, and watch the amazingness unfold before your eyes.

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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The 5 Stages Of Watching The MLB Postseason

Every fan's experience when watching the playoffs.

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The MLB postseason is underway which means it's about to be an emotional roller coaster for the fans. Streaks can be broken, legacies can be made, new stars will be born and tears will most certainly fall. But most fans will certainly go through the same stages of love and hate throughout the postseason.

1. Complaining about the one game Wild Card

This is definitely one of the dumbest things ever added to a sports season. You have every team play 162 games for six months of the year. After all of that hard work and grind it all comes down to a SINGLE game? It makes no sense, how couldn't it be a three-game series? You added the game to add even more baseball to a season so it's not like having two more games could hurt you.

2. Defending a player who's had a bad year by saying "The playoffs are a different season." 

Everybody is guilty of this. There's always that one guy who wants to poke fun at your players regular season number. It's infuriating, you can't dig up a stat that's good because baseball has so many with pretty confusing acronyms. So instead of people just go with saying that the playoffs are a different season. The stats are all set back to zero which gives the players some confidence. It also puts the haters in the mental pretzel.

3. Getting mad when your game is on MLB Network

Get it through your head MLB. Not every one has your stupid network.

4. Streaming mid day games during lectures/work

Let's be real everyone who cares about baseball does it. Is it a good thing to do? No probably not. But would you sacrifice a day on notes or a day of work to see your favorite team make history? Yes.

5. Living and dying on every pitch

It's a hard life to live with literally no sense of relaxation during a game. I couldn't tell you how many times I fidget or yell whenever the Red Sox are playing (especially now that they're playing the Yankees). A lot of neighbors will be mad and friends will question your sanity. But when your team is able to pull through, the emotional relief and happiness are so great you couldn't even think of watching the game a different way.

If by this point you've been reading this with a whole lot of head nods and "Oh, yeah, that's me." It isn't a shameful thing because you're not alone. Playoffs bring out the best from players and fans which is truly the beauty of sports.

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