I’ve been meaning to publish a dissertation on professional sports for some time now. Perhaps this day before the super bowl is the perfect opportunity.

As a former athlete, I enjoy participating in athletic activities and even observing athletic events. But our society’s obsession with sports continues to spiral downward to ever-new depths of asininity!

Keeping things in perspective is a lost trait. The way otherwise seemingly-sane people carry on and get worked up and display ridiculous paraphernalia and shout and scream over something so insignificant is a disgrace to the human race. Give me a break. The amount of time and effort and memorization and money and everything else they pour into something with so little returning redeeming value is sickening.

Not just the population in general, but my friends, nay, even many of my own family! have succumbed to this juvenile condition. Very sad.

Now don’t get me wrong, I myself enjoy the occasional athletic conflict. I like to watch NFL games, though it’s probably been 3 years since I’ve seen one. Speaking of which, I suppose I should talk about tomorrow’s game a little. Being from the Pacific Northwest, I of course would like to see the Seattle Mariners win, even though the Cincinnati Steelers are Rush Limbaugh’s team. But either way, it really doesn’t affect my day-to-day life.

And I think that is the key! You people who get so worked up if your team wins or loses, what does it matter?! How does it affect your life?!! Really!

Let me give you a personal example. When I was a small child (maybe 10-14), I was obsessed with the Portland Trail Blazers. I listened to every game I could on the radio, hanging on to every word. Wins made me ecstatic, losses plunged me into depression. Then one day (as I had begun growing up, is that another key?), I had the illuminating thought, “You know, why does it matter so much? What does it really matter? How in the world does this affect my life in any meaningful way?”

Wisdom beyond the years, evidently.

My athletic philosophy can be summed up in two words. Write it down, learn it, love it, live it. Here it is:

Who Cares.

That’s right, who cares. Your team winning the world championship doesn’t affect your life at all. Big deal. And if they go on a 300-game losing streak, so what. Doesn’t affect you in any way. Your life remains unscathed.

The next time you’re tempted to give way to those infantile tantrums or immature revelry, remember the Official ITF Athletic Philosophy. You’ll find a refreshing freedom and gentle abandonment in its subtle wisdom.

Who Cares.