The sports community is like a dog park. Tons of different breeds with different shapes, sizes, and colors come together. Some dogs are just there to play some catch and have fun. Other dogs want to feel the rush of competition for that tennis ball. Nothing will get in their way to get the tennis ball. He will bump down the other dogs, wrestle with them, or play tug-a-war to get that precise ball. The smaller dogs get knocked down by the bigger dogs to scramble for the tennis ball. After the game of catching the ball is over, the dogs go to drinking water together and sniffing each other butts to get to know each other. Some dogs go home with the prize tennis ball, and some go home with a empty paw.
You’re probably familiar with the stories. The rivalries, friendships, and hardships that come out of it. You hear of the heartbreak and thrilling excitement that it brings. The competitive spirit that drives people to the brink of madness until that final buzzer sounds. Or maybe you’ve heard of a different song. The compassion people have for each other when tragedy strikes and the heartwarming stories it brings when the underdog is able do the impossible. Everywhere we go people are aware of the story. Our outfits and style can be driven by how well our team, big or small, is doing. It seems that these days most conversations and trends start here and people are willing to give it their all, court, rink, and arenas alike.
Today, people are obsessed with sports whether they play or not. People wear their favorite player’s jersey or a shirt with a team logo on it. We also want to strive to be the best which drives this whole dog eat dog world even outside of sports. However, we don’t always realize how well it can bring people together. Last year, Chapecoense soccer team’s plane crashed killing all but 3 members. They were the underdogs of the tournament and were about the fulfill a true "Cinderella" story. However, their opponent requested the championship title be given to them once they were delivered the news.
I guess as long as we remain diverse and united, rivals yet companions, or teammates willing to give their all to see one another succeed, then I guess that what it takes for us to work. It's almost as if we're a different person until that final buzzer rings. But, for now, we're going to have to continue to play. Play on as if it was the final minute of the game. Because at the end of the day, we don't want to have any regrets when the buzzer sounds at the end of the game. That game called life.