The Masters Sports Drama – GolfSunday, April 14, 2013 21:52
Today’s drama at the Master epitomizes what makes sports so compelling.
Why I Love Sports
“I don’t watch much golf even though I enjoy playing the sport, but the Masters playoff between Adam Scott & Angel Cabrera was pretty special.”
So went my Facebook post (and Tweet) at the end of the Masters this afternoon. It is entirely true. While I keep an eye on PGA results and I do enjoy playing, I do not watch much golf on TV. Yet I did catch the end of the tournament today, and the 18th hole for Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera and subsequent playoff were the quintessential example of everything I love about sports.
Drama. Excitement. Unfolding in real time. Able to be watched live across the world.
Strip away all the garbage, the overpaid crybabies, the PEDs, the college corruption, and sports provides deeper drama and more thrilling excitement than most writings churned out by Hollywood scribes–of which, incidentally, I am one. That drama, of course, stems from exactly those factors that the best Hollywood writing simply cannot recreate no matter how hard they try.
Sports are real, not important in the grand scheme of things, but unlike that BS that most reality television purports to be. Sports are unpredictable, truly unscripted. And sports are experienced live, so that reality and unpredictability is far more visceral than anything created as a show
All of the above are inherent in sports at their best and at their most important moments. That human, national or other personal interest stories can intensify and color such even more. True, they can be overdone–NBC, take note for your Olympics coverage, simply show us more sports–but how much did Kevin Ware flavor the Louisville Cardinals’ National Championship run?
And that is why I love sports.
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