When there ceases to be the spectacle, or at least when it is mediated through things like strong team play or maybe accolades for the action rather than the player, then the overtness of the jock sensibility seems to be reduced.
Being treated like a celebrity at 12, freed from normal boundaries, excused from taking out the garbage and from treating siblings, friends, girls responsibly, is no preparation for a fully realized life.
Frankly, I've never felt as good since, either.Something you're interested enough in to do for reasons other than "my doctor says I should exercise more". If you go down to any local high school and ask if the jocks are on the tennis or football team, you'll probably get a unanimous vote for football. There's hope. Hockey, baseball, football, basketball, tennis, swimming, skiing -- always pursued to some extreme level of championship seriousness. Yes, dumb aspects of charisma still matter vastly more than they should, but okay. As long as there was a ball involved they were, but asking them to translate any of that into non-sports activities resulted in vacant stares. Not surprisingly, he didn't last long at Columbia after helping lead police officers through the underground tunnels to roust the Pukes who had occupied buildings during the antiwar and antiracism demonstrations. I've even used my animation tools to break down tracks. A lot of people seem to confuse sports with actual accomplishment. I'm not entirely sure I would attribute those traits to my none-too-distinguished athletic career or if those were just traits I had from the get-go. Frankly, I've never felt as good since, either. Again, I think it's the fetishisizing of the spectacle of competing that is creating the negative undertones in the term rather than just the competing. Work starts at 9am. But he doesn't like to talk politics. Or could it?
I know there's more to it than I give it credit, but at this point I think we'd do well to put some kind of moratorium on sports so we can actually concentrate just a little on some other things for a change.
It takes hard often painful practice, perseverance, resilience to make both a writer and an athlete.
They both meet your requirements for braggadocio and audience-worship. I'm not sure, but I don't think so.
If you go down to any local high school and ask if the jocks are on the tennis or football team, you'll probably get a unanimous vote for football.Your blatantly introspective post betrays you. No wonder the current concussion discussion was launched by the discovery of dementia and morbidity among former pro players. Men have traditionally been taught to pursue their jock dreams no matter the physical, emotional or financial cost. As a year-old New York Times sports columnist then, I was not handicapped by as much lack of certainty about all things as I am now. Never mind that you were working until 11, the night before, running this week's show. Odysseus -- he was a puke. So I sat on the bench and felt like crap. Don't think symphony orchestras, university philosophy departments and liberal magazines don't often use such tactics. From reading their brief New York Times memorials, it seemed as though most were former high school and college players, avid weekend recreationists or at least passionate sports fans. Being physically confident is not the sole domain of jocks. In the spring of that hard year, , the Columbia University crew coach, Bill Stowe, explained to me that there were only two kinds of men on campus, perhaps in the world—Jocks and Pukes. You may be willing to describe yourself as a Puke, "cut" from the team early to find your true nature as a billionaire geek, Grammy-winning band fag, wonkish pundit, but you've always had to deal with Jock Culture attitudes and codes, and you have probably competed by them. Again, I think it's the fetishisizing of the spectacle of competing that is creating the negative undertones in the term rather than just the competing. I'm healthier and fitter and better looking than most men my age. They are often immensely dedicated, hardworking and disciplined people operating under tremendous stress to get things done to inhumanly high standards.
Any time I have been involved in any group effort to make art, the amount of work involved deeply impresses me. I'm healthier and fitter and better looking than most men my age. At a critical time when masculinity is being redefined, or at least re-examined seriously, this sports system has become more economically, culturally and emotionally important than ever.
There are several strands or layers that tend to intermix when the "jock vs.