We use sports as a metaphor for life. We are in good company.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Remember in Shakespeare’s King Henry V, the French ambassador comes to Henry’s camp with a gift of tennis balls from the Dauphin. Henry is not impressed and uses the tennis balls to talk about war.
Dwight Eisenhower said:
“Morale – the will to win, the fighting heart – are the honored hallmarks of the football coach and player. Likewise, they are characteristic of the enterprising executive, the successful troop leader, the established artist and the dedicated teacher and scientist.”
“You know how I really feel? I feel like a baseball team going into the ninth inning with only eight men left to play.”
Yes, though some people like to talk about sports as unimportant or even child-like, talk of sports often takes things to another level. Sports can be a powerful symbol or metaphor–and sometimes even more important than that.
Today, we also understand how important fitness is for our health and our quality of living. For many Americans sports is also vital because it helps us stay fit. Gyms today often add an element of competition. In some cases, we compete with ourselves because we are always trying to improve our personal best. Americans run in races of all types, often for charity. They are in cross fit contests, swimming races, yoga classes, marshal arts programs, and many other activities. Americans like to hike on trails, bike on old railroad paths, and climbs hills or in some cases mountains.
At Sporting Chance Press, we’ll continue to talk sports and talk about the good in life.