Team sports are invaluable to any child's developments, and I think even we as men have a vital need to play team sports. The "gang", the male-dominated environment, is something we all need to embrace to excel as men. They encourage our competitive nature, tap into our primal warrior instincts, etc...(read the Way of Men by Jack Donovan for more on this). I played competitive soccer until I wrecked my knee a few times too many, and now play slo-pitch and the experiences are some of the best of my life. The camaraderie, the competition, the fighting alongside your brothers in sport is one of the best feelings a man can have. We should encourage all of our sons and daughters to play team sports (https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/why-every-young-man-should-play-a-team-sport/)
I've been thinking lately though about non-participating sport activities - watching football, hockey, soccer, baseball, etc. Which inevitably leads to reading about the games, tracking stats, and so on. I find myself in this bubble where I spent 2-4 hours a day either watching or reading about sports.
Sports are so damn appealing because we've all got a desire to have a tribe and following whatever team(s) meet that need. But I've been thinking about their usefulness. I have spent countless hours watching sports, most of which I've enjoyed, but surely could have been spent doing more productive things. It reminds me of the video game debate we see on here sometimes - they're fun, but are they useful? Are they DHVs? Not really. Yet many of us men have this attachment - obsession - with sports.
Is it because they're a distraction? A haze we can put ourselves into the block out the bullshit of life/work/marriage/bills/etc. ? I watch 3 hours of football or 2 hours of soccer and in that time frame, my mind is blank, time moves on around me yet I stay still fixated on something that really truly doesn't matter.
Has anyone else thought about this before?