While liberals can assign the thought police to insist that we give unlimited outs in pee-wee baseball, that no one keeps score, and that everyone gets a trophy for psycho-babble reasons, the better athletes will always keep score in their heads, don’t need mental-crutches masquerading as plastic trophies, and insist on knowing how many strikes they have against them.
They keep score, count strikes, and want penalties imposed for mistakes because they know that it is the only way they are going to get better. The only way they can measure themselves against the competition. The only way they can toughen-up and reach the next level or their own personal goals. Sports can and is a metaphor for life. Some certainly worry that with the “no strikes, no outs, everyone gets a trophy” philosophy of the left, we are creating a generation of overweight wimps who can’t handle real competition and real adversity.
The late, great comedian Richard Pryor spoke to this effect. He once joked -- sanitized here -- that the reason Japan bombed Pearl Harbor to start World War II was because before the war, many of the Japanese leadership had attended elite colleges in California and found them populated by rich, pampered, wimpy, entitled students who barely had the strength to carry their own books, let alone fight someone.
The Japanese leadership remembered those weaklings and collectively said, “Ah, we can beat those soft, coddled, country-club kids in a war.”
Pryor then joked that right after Pearl Harbor, the United States unchained and unleashed its incredibly tough, snarling, football-playing “unsophisticated” students from places like the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia and it was soon lights out for the Japanese.
Well, as we approach 2011, it would be good for the left and their politically correct sports “reporters” to keep in mind that Al Qaeda keeps score, North Korea does not give unlimited strikes, and there are no trophies for losing a battle, a war, or the values handed down by our Founding Fathers.
For the good of our nation, give us sports back.
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