It’s my first blog, and I couldn’t be happier. Well sort of. I have left the blog writing up to real writers like my good friend Mariko Smits and the like for some time now, but realizing I have alot of rubbish things to say on a constant basis has left me no choice but to join the contingent of bloggers. Behold Deveski Talks Rubbish. My first blog is in response to the growing new fad i’d like to call, “Sport Is Completely Corrupt, And Is Becoming Stupid” theory.
My family is a pretty tight knit community, drawn together by our very strong sporting background. All of us at one point or another have represented state or above in all sorts of sports for years now. My cousin Brak and I, regardless of whatever is going on, find time to follow whatever massive sporting event is going on, whether it would be State Of Origin, World Cup, The Ashes, Bathurst, you name it and we follow it.
|Horse Racing still leads the way in sports corruption.|
But over the last 10 years or so, sport has become more about revenue and power, rather than the spirit and passion it used to be, and this saddens me. This all pretty much started when Rupert Murdoch bought The English Premier League in 2000 and turned the once loved sporting faction into a huge money hungry machine. All US based sports have long been like this, with massive trade deals, moving sporting teams from one town to the next, and making the once proud American people to turn away in numbers as big corporations threw accountants at everything like they are water balloons. No more passion, no more love for the game. Just numbers through the gate, and numerous way in which to keep stockholders happy.
But the real question is, why is the passion for sport so strong? Is it because Kevin Costner inspired people with his sport movies to become a golfer in order to meet similar pointy women like Renee Russo? I don’t think so. It’s because men since the dawn of time have had the need to show off their might and dick size by going to war and slaying whole countries in order to quell that ultra competitive nature that is engrained into all of us. War was the only sport. War also had a secondary purpose. Male leaders used their power in order to impress the ladies. Leaders who has the strongest armies also had the most available poontang on disposal. Guaranteed that Colonel Paul Tibbets on the day he dropped ‘Little Boy’ onto Hiroshima was thinking at the time, “I wonder if Ginger Rogers will notice me after this“.
So you’d think that in sports rise in status and popularity over the last 70 years, it has somehow reduced the need for leaders need to blow each other up. And to some degree I believe this is true. Millions of dollars was just spent by numerous countries in order to host the planets biggest sport event, The Football World Cup. No longer do countries feel like they have to sacrifice thousands of lives in war, when they can mentally feel the same prestige having only 11 guys walking out onto a grassy paddock.
But unfortunately for us sport lovers, man will always be corrupt. Principal and morals will always take a back seat if somebody is waving a check around. The biggest example of this in recent times is FIFA. FIFA is by far the most corrupt sporting board on the planet, and after a completely disastrous World Cup campaign in South Africa, the FIFA body has just named the next 2 World Cup locations for 2018 and 2022, leaving everyone baffled. As an Australian, I was disappointed that we didn’t get the bid for 2022, especially with ever growing football presence and sporting heritage. But what shocked me the most was England’s miss on the 2018 bid, losing out to eventual winner, Russia. Whether the decision was fair or not, you can definitely say that there was a feeling of some form of money going underneath the table, which leaves me to think that sport now, is just another form of political power rather than the love for the game.
Australian sport used to be amazing. I take example from Australian Rugby League player Allan Langer. The young football genius carved a career based on passion and for the love of the game. He stayed with one club, has a legion of loyal followers throughout the country, and now acts as a trainer in his spare time. But unfortunately these days are gone. NRL and AFL players now spend more time in courts for sexual assault and harassment then on the field, teams are breaching rules to pay their players more, and most of all, the passion of loyalty has left the fans.
So in conclusion, I think that maybe its time that sport takes a backseat and we start warring again. But not with nuclear weapons or gunships, with wet rolls of newspaper. Send in all of the American troops into China and equip everyone with one rolled up wet newspaper and a can of baked beans. Why may you ask? Because it was be as big of a joke as sport has become today. Because in my mind, sitting down with family and friends after Christmas watching the Boxing Day Test, or watching the NFL on Thanksgiving is really what life is all about.