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Since I was little I have been involved in sports. I’ve practiced a lot of sports. You name it I did it. Even though my life has always revolved around sports, I always paid attention to school and studying and I never allowed myself to have bad grades. But I always detested the prejudiced point of view of teachers towards athletes. Even without knowing anything about you, when they hear you are an athlete, they put you in the pile with the dumber, the less perspective people and etc. Usually you need to make a big effort to get yourself out of this frame, that is limiting you and stigmatizing you!

I never understood this separation. Why would sport make you dumber? Why would sport limit your intellectual development and send you on the pile of being less than others? You see me walk around school with a basketball and you assume that this is all I am capable of… just dribble around and probably score some points during a game? Do you think that this runs out my whole potential to be something, to become somebody?

For all of you, who have such opinion, I want to explain you what it means to be an athlete. You have the right to decide for yourself if it is appropriate to stigmatize athletes to be something less…

While you were hanging around with friends in order to kill some time, I was sprinting through my day, trying to finish every task on my busy schedule- school, workouts, lessons and games.

While you were sitting and playing video games, I was busting my ass off in the gym. I stayed with hours after every practice, working on my weaknesses!

While you were wondering how to spend your leisure time, I spent hours reading about my idols, looking for the key for their success, and trying to use it in my own life.

While you used to oversleep for school, every single morning, I was always up on time, because I knew what discipline and responsibility means!

While the only thing on your mind was alcohol and cigarettes, all I could think of, was basketball!

While you were belittling team work in class, I gave my all, no matter if somebody would notice it, because I knew what a team is. I knew that team success, is due to team work!

When you thought that not writing one homework or failing a test isn’t a big deal, I couldn’t allow it to myself, because I knew that success is like a house you build. Every action is a brick, which lays the foundations. Every missed brick, makes the house unstable… and thus, makes success temporary.

When you were disrespectful to your teachers, I could never treat them like that, because I knew that no matter if the teacher was right or wrong, to be a leader of so many people isn’t easy and everybody could make a mistake!

When you were making fun of your classmates, I couldn’t allow myself to do it, because I knew that a team is as strong as its weakest link. Thus, the class was as good as the worst student.

If I happened to have a bad grade, I didn’t blame it on my teacher, I was looking for the mistake in myself and I tried harder to be better the next time!

When I had straight A, I didn’t look down on others, because I knew that success is temporary. I knew that people you meet on the way to the top, are the same people you meet on the way down! That’s why it is better to respect them, because you never know when they will be the once helping you stand up!

What makes you think I am less than others, just because I am an athlete? What makes you think I am not as capable as others, just because I put my whole energy in one direction? Don’t stigmatize! Don’t place people in frames! Even if you don’t realize it, sometimes you are the once that limit other people’s progress, because you teach them since they are kids that they are less, that they are not good enough, not smart enough! And sometimes some people won’t question your words. They will make your words their own reality and he won’t be the only one to lose. We all lose a good, capable person!

What is your oppinion? DO you think athletes are any less than others?

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  1. Ivan

    A disproportionate amount of athletes are dumb and would perform average or below-average on intelligence tests. The atrocious grammar in this article was a point in case.

    Daniel is wrong on sport/physical activity being completely futile. Chess players, far from being “dumb”, all do various kinds of physical activity to keep in shape and ultimately maintain or improve their game. If you know anything about chess, this is fact – I’m not going to waste time trying to prove something so commonly known in the chess world.

    However, Daniel is right that there is a disgusting amount of importance placed on entertainment. It is a pasttime, a leisure activity – there does not need to be millions of dollars invested into one athlete, team, or franchise. I love watching (non-American) football, but none of the top-flight players and staff deserve what they are getting paid, despite the magnitude of the sport.

    Then you have garbage like Ultimate Frisbee and Poker, two things which should not be considered sports at all, but I digress…

  2. Vic

    Amazing… So much hate, veiled as logical and pseudo-philosophical reflections.
    Apparently the author of these cerebral outflow was quite hurt in the past by someone, involved in sports. It also seems that he was never really touched by the magic of the heavy workouts, the increasing of power and strength, reaching the limits of his own body, soul and brain.

    It seems Daniel is paying attention only to the intellectual challenges, but life is not only reading and writing essays … Keeping your body at the level of your intellect is no less challenging than to write a poem.

    We, humans, are here to learn our lessons – if you miss one, it will repeat until you learn. One of these lessons is that soul, brain and body should not be separated. Do not fail to learn that lesson, Daniel!

  3. Daniel

    I definitely appreciate that athletes have a great deal of drive and a certain kind of discipline (although its difficult to imagine what sort of discipline includes the foolish antics performed by professional and subprofessional athletes.) But discipline and drive do not equal intelligence and imagination. Pesonally, my main contention is not with sports per se (for those of you who are athletes, “per se” means “by itself”.) What I find contemptible is the importance that people assign to sports and the ardour sports fans feel for their athlete heroes. Worship them all you like, but the fact remains that athletes contribute absolutely nothing of value to society.

    Just a few comments about some specific points you presented:
    “While you were hanging around with friends in order to kill some time, I was sprinting through my day, trying to finish every task on my busy schedule- school, workouts, lessons and games.”

    Actually, while you were moving a chunk of iron up and down repeatedly, I was probably reading about science and philosophy, or reading about boolean logic or something you would no doubt find impenetrable.

    “While you were sitting and playing video games, I was busting my ass off in the gym. I stayed with hours after every practice, working on my weaknesses!”

    Perhaps. But who is to say that video games are a mindless exercise, and what makes exercise so cerebral? And since any given athlete’s main “weaknesses” probably include the three R’s, it’s not clear how spending hours in the gym qualifies as strengthening them.

    “While you were wondering how to spend your leisure time, I spent hours reading about my idols, looking for the key for their success, and trying to use it in my own life.”

    Everything about this statement only serves to confirm the stereotype that athletes are stupid. Nobody with any intelligence and imagination could possibly tolerate more than a few minutes of reading about people who throw balls and hit things for a living. None of them have contributed anything meaningful or valuable to society, so it is not clear in what sense they are successful. Only an idiot would waste hours of their life reading about such people.

    “all I could think of, was basketball!”


    Respecting your professors and your peers is an admirable character trait, but it hardly disproves that a person is stupid. Meanwhile, in being committed to good grades you are merely a statistical outlier. It was my unvarying experience during my college years that athletes cared very little about what they were learning.

    That a person can be entertained for hours on end by kicking, throwing, catching and hitting a ball and, when they are done, listen to someone on the radio talking about people imposing upon a ball in the aforementioned ways, should be proof positive that they are slightly mentally retarded. Have you ever wondered how your dog can tolerate a life of such perfect inactivity? That’s because, for all his other virtues, his tiny brain capacity is tapped out by what few intellectual problems his sedentary life presents him. Similarly, the only reason a person could possibly find entertainment in watching other people play sports is if he is incapable of higher reasoning and totally devoid of imagination. Dogs and children play with balls for stimulation and satisfaction. Humans write essays, compose symphonies, construct skyscrapers, devise logical and mathematical systems, engineer airplanes, and program computers.

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