American Sports Essay

1895 Words Oct 25th, 2008 8 Pages
Americans are a nation of distinctive character which is relflected in every aspect of their lives. Thanks to their Puritan haritage they put a great value in hard work, being successful and therefore in making money. They also think of themselves as self-sufficient nation and tend to show that by not being interested in history or affairs of other countries, and praising everything “truly American”. All of the features associated with the stereotype of an American can be found in every part of their life and culture e.g. in their attitude to sports. American have a tireless work ethic. They struggle hard to achieve their aims. Working only for the sake of work is simply pointless according to their philosophy. Theodore Roosevelt in his …show more content…
No country either has such a system of promoting young athletes and sport as a way of life. Americans love everything that is American so they sometimes “make” things American. This is the case with baseball which is called the national sport of the USA and is considered being invented by Americans while in fact it had evolved from a Britain’s child game. The idea of American self-sufficiency and “autonomy” in the world has resemblance in the sports that Americans are interested in. They are basketball, American football, baseball and ice hockey. Except basketball they are nearly not played anywhere else in the world (few countries play baseball), and even if they were never invited to play with American champions in any of these disciplines, it haven’t at any time prevented the Americans from calling the finals of MLB (Major League Baseball) World Series and winners of the NBA finals World Champions. This is an evidence that Americans have different expectations from sports. American character aims on achievement which on the ground of team sports means simply scoring. That is why soccer is still not so popular in the US as it is in the whole world. Americans claim that soccer is boring because a high percentage of games ends in a draw – often even with a 0:0 result – after a 90 minutes of playing. For an American what the sport and life is about is the effort which brings result. “My theory is that Americans have neither the belief system nor the temperment for

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