Just a few thoughts ahead of the ANZAC Day game today.
Earlier this week I was thinking about how nothing brings people together like sport. Except maybe religion… but that tears people apart, too, and in that case people die so let’s just focus on the positive here.
I have friends that are ONLY my friends because of sport. I have dated people solely because they support the same team as me (I’ve also broken up with people because they support the wrong team but like I said, we’re focusing on the positive here). Half the things I do with people I know revolve around sporting events.
The Super Bowl.
The World Cup.
The Grand Final.
Do you know why these things are some of the most watched events in their countries (and internationally)? Because sport is an international language.
Anyway, that’s why I love sport. It’s the only form of entertainment that spans language, race, religion, age, nationality, sex and socioeconomic standing. Anyone can support a team and anyone can join the conversation and while it may take time to be completely understanding of the sport or the team… have you ever met two sports fans who don’t have something to talk about? Sports fans are instant besties, even if they like different teams. It’s spectacular.
And no, ANZAC Day is not about sport – it’s about remembrance. But what’s wrong with sport being the way you pay homage to your past?