Sports And The Saw




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Sports is not the mere exposure to the game and your display of the talents to the vast spectators, many meanings have been extracted from the word ‘Sport’. The title says ‘Sports and the Saw’ here saw means an adage or a pithy statement. Typical quotes that we hear, speak in daily life which has its origin from sports is what that follows:

“Be a sport, come on!”

Very hackneyed phrase but still has its intensity when the situation arises. Why sport, why not something else like an artist, politician, businessman considering the fact that they also encounter a downfall in parts of their profession. A sport (sportsman) however he would have failed in the earlier matches, crestfallen he would have gone, whatever the people commented on his past performances, he will rather should cheer up and move forward. There is no room for jeers, mockery, failure and thought processes. He has to march forward keeping his goal deep implanted in his mind. Generally sportsmen are looked with great awe and symbol of determination.

Be proud if you are a player!

“The more you sweat in the practice, the less you bleed in the battle”

Though the statement is apocryphal it is worth sharing. Practice is not only confined to sports any field, any profession in simpler way any job requires practice. More you practice, make you rackets worn off, your jersy gets wet, the lesser effort it takes for you on the ground. It comes on the field just like a magic. There is no luck or black magic that could lend you a helping hand.

“Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit”

A very deep thought, it is easy to give-up but it is not easy to lose to your opponent. There is this story of a man who intuited that there was wealth few meters beneath the road, he started delving. Passersby mocked, laughed, though this guy is a fool.  He could not bear it longer and gave-up. Soon another man passed by and felt there should be something and resumed the task, he did not care for any criticism. He got the wealth!

The former did not lose, he gave-up. Losing requires more courage than giving up a task. Quitting is not a witty decision indeed; it is the virtue of cowardice and trepidation of first order. Many names may be given to quitting like dignified retreat but it is running away of fear at the end of the day.

A player who quits loses nothing but his name ‘the player’.

“Sport is a preserver of health” – Hippocrates

True! You play, you are fit, your health is in good condition and day is pleasant. Many such things of priceless happiness can be tagged to the sport. No genuine sportsman dies out of diseases. No champs become immobile due to joint cramps.

“Winning isn’t overrated – it’s your acceptance of being rated” – Carrie Latet

This is my favorite one. The winners are not the god’s children or the gifted ones. The typical ritual of a game is one lose another wins. Flying in the air after a victory is silly because it is very momentary.

Pompous winners are loathed or forgotten. For instance in the game of cricket after taking the wicket of a player if the player is like say Wasim Akram who comes down and congratulates the batsman for his performance is loved more than Sreesanth who dances on the pitch out of wild pleasure and the feeling of having done something ground-breaking. The latter ones are hated and looked with little disgust as they do not inherent any quality of a sportsman.

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Bharathi Murali

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Hello folks! I am Bharathi Murali, 20, a Chemical Engineering student who always look at journalists or journalism students with a little jealousy in my eyes. I belong to Coimbatore now put up in Chennai. Besides writing, blogging I like traveling (on my bike), photography and silence. I have strong belief in philosophy. With regard to sports I just love watching them on TV when it comes to playing them I have tried to play most of the Indian sports with shallow knowledge in each. I am also a part of the University Basketball team and guess more than scoring I take care of defence better and well known for the fouls that I generally commit! I blog at www.thebhavachakra.blogspot.com. In one line I have always admired Bhagat Singh more than Gandhi, I support radicalism!

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