Winning is just one aspect. As long as you get exercise and have fun, you can play baseball for 20 innings and not keep count of the home scores for all I care. Coach here would have a heart attack about the very idea, but still…
Since “Sports” became nothing more then a business, who cares?
Sports weren’t professional at all until fairly recently – the 1860s.
@ignatz: sorry to have to ask but I am not a sports history fan. Is that time reference correct?
This is Friday. Are we at the end of this string yet?
Caulfield is playing Competative Debate Oneupmanship. And winning is important to him. I’ll bet he even keeps score.
Its the old Greek mean — an educated, healthy mind in a healthy body.
Caulfield can be a “pita” and I don’t mean a flat bread…
This kid has a bad attitude. If you don’t use it, you lose it.
MENS SANA IN CORPORE SANO.
Yes. Sports are not important, at least in the way that this country pretends they are. You are not inherently better than the people in some other city, state or country because your sports team beat theirs.
If winning is so important, then why are there so many more non-winners? Heck, if there no losers at all, then how could there be any winners?
Actually, what Vince Lombardi had was a quotation! “Quote” is a verb.
Earlier this week, Mallett blogged: “‘Whatever’ is one of the best words in the lexicon. Certainly one of the best for mental health.” That statement, and this story arc, have crystallized for me what it is that bugs most me about this strip: its self-satisfaction.
If someone decides he shouldn’t take things so hard, and blows them off with a “Whatever!”, that’s great! Why obsess or sulk? Move on. Great attitude!
When a Caulfield-type, however, eyes something another holds near and dear, and dismisses it with a “Whatever”, that’s different. It’s like saying, “That thing you think is important? It’s not. And you’re stupid to have thought it was in the first place.”
That smug dismissiveness is what I find wrong here. People who think that anyone who embraces a thing that’s not important to them is an idiot.
And Mallett spent the better part of a week driving that notion home. Boy.
Now let’s see who wins the race to say that I’m the one who’s self-satisfied and that I’ve been making a point for longer than a week. Children at play …
The kid looks very bad today. Picture him saying this to a sports-loving family member. Now try to picture him getting away with that.
So…sports lack importance. Tell that to all the girls who benefited from Title 9. Disagreeing with the “winning is everything” philosophy is one thing, but making a blanket statement about sports being worthless is disingenuous at best. Both Caulfield and the coach are swinging and missing, but only Caulfield is smug about it. I’ve had it with Caulfield. I think the strip is better without him.
Sports is worthless, and totally over rated.
For sailors ‘the doldrums’ used to be the belt of winds between the east and west trade winds. Calms, sudden storms, erratic winds. For writers and comic artists that can happen any time and last indefinitely. That could have been Jef’s problem off and on for a couple of weeks.