Other ways to spend our time and money.
In the lieu of sulking over the NBA strike and weary of the now overused “Billionaires vs. Millionaires,” I’d like to propose some other ways of using our time during this anachronistic lockout, which is so out of step with current concerns. I take a different view than Mr. Will, but basically arrive at the same premise – we should let them fight.
First, let this be an opportunity to be better role models to our family. Now I’m not one to preach, but surely there’s better ways of bonding with our kids than huddled around the TV watching a bunch of overpaid, elite, yes I said it, man-children playing a kid’s game and adding no measured value to society. What kind of price should we place on that?
Secondly, it’s good to get a break from a pop-culture that’s obsessed with sport and celebrity. Have you seen the reality shows the NBA has indirectly spawned? Basketball Wives, among others, which shamelessly flaunt vile personalities and material excess. How about some real culture? Get back in touch with reading a good book, hopefully one that has some artistic or scientific merit. Give Melville another try.
Thirdly, how about a sport that also falls between autumn and spring, which isn’t nearly as flamboyant, but more closely correlates to the common man; grit, determination, and toughness. Yes, I’m talking about hockey. Pack a lunch pail, and line up with our brothers in arms, the Avs, who don’t have nearly the fame, or infamy, but at least as much skill and athleticism. You may be surprised how much fun it is.
I don’t consider myself a killjoy. I love the diversion of sports. When I was in my twenties I could proudly name the third string center on the Sonics. That’s how much I worshiped the NBA. However, I’d like to think with age not only comes wisdom, but also common sense. They are, after all, getting paid for throwing around a leather ball. Is one season going to kill us?