Since there was something to write with, and at the time something to play with, some kind of a sport, usually involving a ball of some sorts, up until these times, there is an ongoing thought that these things are not really compatible.
Even most of the kids in school who preferred a pen, or these days an iPad, are the ones remaining in the classroom or in some corner of the yard scribbling or typing something, while most of the others are chasing a ball or playing any kind of a game that falls under the title of a sport.
Somehow, that keeps the prospective, or full-fledged writers way from anything connected with a word sport, depriving themselves of a vast field of writing possibilities that necessarily do not have to be connected with any sport itself, whether it is its rules, mechanics or logic.
As any good song about the sports, like New Order’s “World In Motion”, shows, sports can be a source of writing inspiration, using it as a springboard to something that goes more to the elements of what humanity is.
Too much? Not really. What about the social aspects of sports, their meaning to human interaction, the need for spectators to participate in the game in some form or other, the social and political use and misuse of sports, health benefits, injuries, physical and mental, the impact of winning or losing… and it goes on.
As with any other human activity, sports can be an infinite source of writing inspiration. Ok, many would say, but still, you have to be knowledgeable about any or all sports to write credibly about them, even if they are only a base for other deliberations.
Sure, but then how do you write about anything, politics, economy, philosophy if you don’t research or do some form of study or other? Maybe it is just a form of aversion towards something you thought you were not good at or towards those days when other kids mocked you when you terribly missed hitting that ball for a score or did you just forget that you still wanted to play anyway?
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