Texas State sports are a boring and unproductive way to have fun and bond with other Bobcats.
The college experience is all about making memories, and the best memories are those in which students actively participate in something fun and engaging. Sitting wedged amongst hundreds of frenzied students while watching men in tight pants run after a ball in order to prove their masculinity is not the type of memory that will stick.
The money spent on gas, tickets and snacks is not worth the three hours spent squinting down at colorful dots tackling each other. The crisp, cool nights of football season are better spent in an atmosphere where more active social interaction is possible. Working on a project, interacting with someone new or getting involved with campus groups are all better uses of student time. Pretty much any activity is more worthwhile than watching others engage in a sports game. Students should be more than spectators.
I cannot recall the number of times I have been bored to tears by people talking sports statistics after class. People discuss team members’ statistics as though they were some sort of walking scoreboard. These petty facts are blown out of proportion despite the fact they cannot predict the outcome of a game and do not say anything personally about the player himself. Memorizing digits lends nothing to sports fanatics looking to socialize with other social groups. Sports statistics are simply pieces of trivia that give fans a false sense of control over games and serve only to bore non-fanatic acquaintances. Cramming obscure sports statistics into a brain that should be focused on schoolwork is not only unproductive but also a profoundly boring waste of time and energy.
The sense of community cultivated around sports culture at Texas State is a forced way of bringing people together only on an artificial level. There is only so much to talk about when it comes to sports before conversation falls flat. There are other organizations, societies and pastimes that can reveal a person’s personality and genuinely bring people together more so than passively watching a game. Although sports may appear to unite certain fans, it actually creates moronic rivalries based off factors completely unrelated to fans as individuals. Team rivalries simply create more opportunities for fans to argue over things that are irrelevant. It pushes people apart rather than bringing them together and does so on completely illogical grounds. Getting angry or disappointed over a team loss is a waste of energy that could be spent doing something that actually matters.
Other than the aesthetic appeal of watching ripped men in tights sweat and run around, there is not much else about sports that is engaging. Watching other people play sports is a source of false pride that unnecessarily swells the ego of fans. Bobcats should aim to instead spend their time actively participating in something that builds skills and relationships.