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Friday, January 04, 2013

“If you want to have a sport, you need to have a ball”

That’s the opinion of Larry Winget, author of the books “Your Kids Are Your Own Fault” and the not-yet-published “Grow a Pair.”

His main rant is the “wussification of America” as he puts it.  He makes some valid points about the lack of physical fitness in this country and its effect on everything from health care costs to people’s overall quality of life.

But Larry Winget is having a tantrum over an ABC News report that said yoga is “the fastest growing sport in America.”  He told his hosts on Fox News:

“I think Yoga’s amazing, I think it’s wonderful.  I’m going to say that because I don’t want all those yoga Nazis coming after me on this thing. Listen, I think it’s a great supplement to a real sport, but it’s certainly not a sport.  Listen, if nobody’s keeping score, it ain’t a sport…Sports teach us winning and losing, and life is about winning and losing. It’s competitive. And we need to teach those things at a very young age with a real sport. And a sport usually involves a ball of some type.  I think it is a trend that is the wussification of America.”

One of the Fox hosts summarized Winget’s rant with:

“If you want to have a sport, you need to have a ball.”

Winget replied:

“I think it helps to have a ball, I think you have to keep score, I think you have to play with others.”

OK, all you pansies who practice boxing, wrestling, martial arts, running, gymnastics, skiing, snowboarding, cycling, Olympic lifting, power lifting:  Where’s your ball, Pussy?

And don’t forget water sports ([ahem] I’m talking about surfing, swimming, water skiing; get that smirk off your face).

All of the above-mentioned wimps need to get a ball and learn how to work and play well with others.

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Blogger Snave said...

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January 4, 2013 at 10:22 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

As someone who has played competitive sports and who has also practiced yoga, I mostly agree with him (besides his unfortunate "Yoga Nazis" comment) up until the last sentence. Once he equates yoga indirectly with what he calls "wussification", he loses his argument by basically having to resort to name calling... which makes him... well... I'll refrain from calling him a name, but will suggest that the emphasis on "a ball" might come from Winget maybe just having one of his own. 8-)

What started out as a somewhat logical argument took a typical right-wing turn once he called names and started verbally strutting all macho-like.

Winget... it almost looks like Wingnut when you look it in a certain light...

January 4, 2013 at 10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've done a lot of sports but Yoga is the hardest, and to Master it, you will be better off in life then mastering ..say Football!

Put their right wing money where their feet presently are, their mouths and start financing Physical Ed programs for schools they eliminated decades ago, many schools here don't even have equipment for the kids to play at recess.

But then some schools can't afford toilet paper for their bathrooms.


January 5, 2013 at 12:12 AM  
Blogger Demeur said...

I've taken up the sport of meditation and nobody can beat me.

January 5, 2013 at 7:41 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: I was always pretty good at individual sports -- track, skiing, swimming -- and basically sucked at team sports. So I have definite issues with someone saying it's not a sport unless you're playing on a team.

As far as yoga goes, I do a few of the basic stretches and poses but nothing beyond that. The more advanced moves may or may not be a sport, but they're every bit as challenging as any other physical endeavor.

Erik: It sounds like Phys. Ed and most art/music classes have been eliminated over the past few decades. Not a smart thing to do.

Demeur: You're wrong. My meditation team will trounce your team. We're on our way to the playoffs and then the Eastern Title.

January 5, 2013 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger Grung_e_Gene said...

Top Yogis can breathe fire and enlongate their limbs to do two fisted punches. Oh wait, that was Street Fighter 2 and the 1975 classic Master of the Flying Guillotine.

January 6, 2013 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Grung: Or maybe there's a Ninja Yogi that does all those things too.

January 6, 2013 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Suzan said...

My yogi can beat up your yogi!

Er, I meant outplay.

Balls supplied.


Yogi S

January 8, 2013 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Suzan: Oh yeah?!? We'll have to arrange a Pay Per View Ultimate Fighting match between our two yogis.

January 9, 2013 at 1:37 PM  

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