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Does anybody else feel overwhelmed?Posted Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at 8:09 PM
Does anybody else in the world feel as overwhelmed by all of the things that are available to us as I do?
I was reflecting not too long ago on how things have changed in not only the world of sports, but in the world in general, since I was kid.
I've related to all of you in the past on how technology has allowed me the opportunity to follow many baseball game at the same time. How it's allowed us the chance to follow almost any sport to almost any length.
It's great thing I know, but there's still an inordinate amount of sports information that can be called up on less than a moments notice.
We no longer have to wait until the six o'clock or 11 o'clock news in order to find out the score of our favorite teams.
Instead we can just flip to one of the many outlets on either cable, satellite, radio or Internet and get all of the pertinent and not so pertinent information.
Have you really thought about what it was like when we didn't have all of this? I mean was it really so bad that we had to look forward to getting all of our info from one place?
Now that I think about it, it probably wasn't the worst, but yet I still remember it being frustrating. So I guess I've answered my own question, silly me.
As the technology grew I remember thinking wouldn't it be great if (insert your own idea)...then suddenly it would be greater if (insert your own idea again)...well suddenly here we are and its here, all that we could have wished for as sports fans.
But are we really that much better off?
I don't suppose there's a true correlation between the past and present when it comes to how we watch or listen or follow a sport beyond the growth of technology and beyond the use of that technology.
But if you were a simple person, who didn't have the Internet, didn't have satellite television or radio and didn't have an ipod or iphone connected to the largest 3G, 4G or 5G network in the universe, would you enjoy sports less?
I mean if you couldn't get the score the second it happened and if you couldn't get the highlights almost immediately, would you be less of a sports fan?
Aside from auto racing, I grew up in a household with only myself to enjoy sports. My late father enjoyed auto racing and I guess that's where I get it.
But as for other sports he had no desire, enjoyment or inclination to watch let alone follow a certain team.
Even in his later years the only technology he used to follow a race was what he saw on television or heard on the terrestrial radio or what info he got from yours truly.
And you know, he didn't seem any less a fan of racing than the guy who sat in front of a satellite dish or Internet portal.
Maybe we should take a hint from my dad and enjoy what we have at the most simplistic and genuine root.
Rick is a sports writer for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at (812) 847-4487. He can be reached by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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