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Monday, November 30, 2020

They Also Play The Game - Seeing Beyond The Chosen One


By Harry Cummins

Tuesday, December 1, 2020


     In Bertolt Brecht's The Life of Galileo, a character remarks, "Unhappy is the land that breeds no hero." To which Galileo responds,"unhappy is the land that needs one."

    I am suggesting we simply try out Galileo's axiom when it comes to the way we watch sports. At present, this means seeing our favorite games unfold on television screens, since Covid-19 has shuttered so many gyms and stadiums across this country.

     All thru this holiday season of giving, try to telescope with a keen eye those we dismissively describe as "role players." Study the orbit of the offensive lineman who seems to be merely taking up space. The undersized forward who battles for position in the key. Take your eyes off the touchdown makers and the rim-rattlers.

    Stop 'star-gazing' long enough to see a sacrificial community at work for the 'other.'

     Perhaps a much needed new way of seeing ....a panacea in a time of pandemic.


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