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Letter: Sports don’t matter

  • Author: Dan Tucker
    | Opinion
  • Updated: May 23
  • Published May 23

The “End UA sports” letter by Thomas Harrison Morsee is one of the greatest blinding glimpses of the obvious I’ve read in some time.

Sports are not required for personal betterment, higher production, better communities, a better society, or a longer life. And the very few people who will get a so-called benefit from sports — those who actually turn their thousands (likely millions) of dollars of expenditure and tireless effort trying to “make the grade” into productive, beneficial, lifelong positive things for life for more than their immediate lives and families are few. Most end up being used-up, beat-up, tired out general-population has-beens with skills like throwing balls, catching balls, running, jumping and carrying on like they actually think they are someone special — because of the sports connection. And that’s not to mention how many of “the sports players” that get so omnipotent in their overblown images of themselves that they think the general rules of society should not apply to them.

Teachers, who actually educate future generations to be productive and teach others; medical personnel, who actually help the rest of the population live long and happy lives; scientists and engineers, who work and plan things to enable the rest of us to live, and live better — the programs that educate them get cut.

But the “sacred cow” of sports, with the huge, gleaming Alaska Airlines Center — it’s still there and clamoring for more money. And the exalted and enamored sports coaches and program personnel, many of whom make considerably more money than the “lowly educators” continue on as if their sports are really going to build our future.

Stop the insanity! Start putting sports where it belongs — back in second place to education. I fail to see anything worthwhile coming from sports when we favor it over education.

— Dan Tucker

Wasilla

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