Monday, February 15, 2010

Sports and war?


I watched the beginning of the Daytona 500 auto race on yesterday. Harry Connick, Jr. sang the National anthem (he did a really good job). As he finished two F-16 fighter jets flew over the race track. I've seen the same thing at football games.

What do fighter jets have to do with a sporting event? Do war and sports go together? Do other countries do this too? It just seems kind of weird and out of place. War means death and destruction. Sports are supposed to be entertainment. So what's up with that?

13 comments:

cactusrose said...

To me sports have always seemed kind of like a war because they have fierce competition, winners and losers,and a prize of some sort.So an analogy beween team and country can be made. As a health professional I have seen many,many severe injuries resulting from sports, particularly the head traumas. My thoughts are that sports are a kind of training or facsimile of a war, and hence the warplanes at games..just a thought...

Val said...

@cactusrose

You make really good points. I guess I've just always thought of sports as entertainment. But I'm sure many people, especially the people who participate, could see it as a sort of war or battle.

And more to your point I've heard sports announcers use war analogies when talking about sports.

Don said...

After reading your post I now wonder the meaning of fighter jets flying over a sporting event. Hmm. Maybe the CIA knows something. Off top, I imagine there are more than a few threats being made by "terrorist" looking to cause chaos.

Who knows?

Val said...

@Don

That could def have something to do with it. I had not thought about that.

So is the fighter jet thing something that's started since 9/11? I don't remember if they used to do it before then.

Reggie said...

In the past I've wondered the same thing Val. I wonder just how much that costs us as taxpayers?!?

But hey, I'd rather my tax dollars went to that, than our dropping million dollar bombs on two thousand dollar buildings in the middle east.

Val said...

@Reggie

I didn't even think of how much it must cost to fly 2 F-16's like that. I bet it cost at least one hundred thousand in fuel and pay for the pilots and support personnel. I bet the military puts it under recruitment.

uglyblackjohn said...

Many sports were created as training exercises for soldiers.

Val said...

@UBJ

Really? Which ones?

Don said...

I have something for you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4q2KxvtbWQ&feature=player_embedded

Val said...

@Don

Now that was classic Sade! Thanks for that. I don't have cable so that was the performance that I missed and it was better than any of the others. She looked like she was really into it.

Don said...

You're welcome. Thought you'd enjoy it.

uglyblackjohn said...

@ Val - The Olympics were started as men showing their skills in warcraft.

Val said...

@UBJ

Very interesting, thanks.

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Soldier Of Love

I've lost the use of my heart
But I'm still alive
Still looking for the life
The endless pool on the other side
It's a wild wild west
I'm doing my best

I'm at the borderline of my faith,
I'm at the hinterland of my devotion
In the frontline of this battle of mine
But I'm still alive

I'm a soldier of love.
Every day and night
I'm soldier of love
All the days of my life

I've been torn up inside (oh!)
I've been left behind (oh!)
So I ride
I have the will to survive

In the wild wild west,
Trying my hardest
Doing my best
To stay alive

I am love's soldier!

I wait for the sound
(oooh oohhh)

I know that love will come (that love will come)
Turn it all around

I'm a soldier of love (soldier of love)
Every day and night
I'm a soldier of love
All the days of my life

I am lost
But I don't doubt (oh!)
So I ride
I have the will to survive

In the wild wild west,
Trying my hardest
Doing my best
To stay alive

I am love's soldier!

I wait for the sound

I know that love will come
I know that love will come
Turn it all around

I'm a soldier of love
I'm a soldier

Still waiting for love to come
Turn it all around
(4x)

I'm a soldier of love
I'm a soldier

Still waiting for love to come
Turn it all around
(3x)

Still waiting for love to come

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Tracee!

Solange!

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Alicia says...

Rest in Peace Mitrice

Rest in Peace Mitrice
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