Watch the clip and share your thoughts.
Although this is a comedy sketch, unfortunately, there is much truth to it! Sports figures have become too influential in American society in my opinion. They, like politicians, are normally not held accountable for the same actions that the general public would be. The “Male Soap Opera” (football, basketball, etc) has become an excuse for men and women alike to not focus on things that matter to America and the World.
Don’t get me wrong… I don’t think that Americans shouldn’t be allowed to watch sports and, if a person is interested in them as a *hobby* I think that’s great. The problem is that sports are no longer a hobby for a huge percentage of the population. Anytime a sport can cause emotional responses in people it has gone too far. I have seen grown men literally cry, throw a tantrum, become enraged, etc when “their” team didn’t win. It is a pathetic display of just where true masculinity and chivalry have gone in today’s culture.
So, is it funny or awkward to see a sketch done in the name of sports figures? It is a combination of both… along with embarrassment, shame and heartache that true heroes and role models are seldom found anywhere anymore. True heroes and role models are not the fantasies that Americans live in through “their” sports teams… but in the Single Moms who somehow manage to raise decent kids. The Single Dads who choose not to become involved with numerous flings so they can raise their children. Teachers who truly care about the young people in their charge and take their own money to purchase things for their class. Volunteer firemen who go to training and respond to disasters out of the goodness of their hearts. Neighbors who shovel your sidewalk in the winter and don’t ask for anything in return. The list goes on and on. But these true heroes are not the ones lauded or spoofed on a comedy sketch in our society. Unfortunately, its the sports figures who, many of, are womanizers, druggies, and over paid gladiators of the new Rome. I’m not sure if it’s even a real saying… but “the people sleep while Rome burns.” and “we shall give them bread and circuses”. The sports arenas of Rome where the “religious temples” of their time and, I’m afraid that Sports have become a religion to way too many in our society. A religion that is taking our culture straight to…
I’d like to vote Kenan Thompson and Chris Pratt: funny; Everyone else: awkward.
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