Essay On Love Vs Sports

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There are two types of athletes in the world, the players who worship a game of winning and the players who worship the value and love of a game. While sports are very compelling and it is easy to get caught up in the rush that accompanies winning, only those who play to provide for their family should support this mindset. Sports have a deeper meaning other than having to excel in a sport, but in today’s society, the thought of playing for the enjoyment of a sport is hand-in-hand with success. Those who they have a mindset of playing for the love of a sport are labeled fragile. However, the difference between an athlete playing a sport to win and an athlete playing a sport for the love is the maturity level of his mindset, acceptance level …show more content…
The self-esteem of a person is dependent on how a sport is analyzed and viewed. In George Plimpton’s, a professional amateur, article “The American Tradition of Winning,” he interviews John Gordy an All-Pro Detroit offensive guard and Gordy says, “all the time you’re wondering how you can be [sic] hated so much for going out there and trying your best” referring to losing a game (241). After losing a game, even the richest and best players feel they have let down everyone, including themselves. The word “loser” never has a good connotation when attached to a person, and if someone is not winning, then they are a loser. Just like sports has a deeper meaning so does the word “loser.” It is suggested an athlete cannot be trusted in a game and is not worthy enough to play when labeled as a loser. In addition, the athlete is simply selfish for not trying hard enough. Once a player understands he is not appreciated enough for trying his best, feelings of negativity and distress become “who he is” until the team goes undefeated again. Despite a win or loss there is always some sort of satisfaction for the athlete who plays for the true love of a game. After playing one game, practicing once, or even completing a whole season one may develop character. Social skills are one character trait that develops while playing sports. Sports require great social skills since it is a …show more content…
For example, both athletes seek to gain some type of satisfaction or reward; internal or external. In addition, both players pay a great amount of attention to the game. In order to successfully reach their goal the athletes have to find their flaws, find what is working, and at the end think about what they could potentially bring home with them. Through the major differences there are basis of similarities which later branch off and show the distinctive qualities between an athlete who plays to win and an athlete who plays solely for the love of the

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