George wrote: Chumly wrote:
...Let me know what you think of H. L. Mencken: "I hate all sports as rabidly as a person who likes sports hates common sense."...
I think it's funny. I think a lot of Mencken's stuff is funny.
I don't think all who like sports hate common sense.
I don't think Mencken thought that either.
Outside of the tongue-in-cheek-ness of some of the quotes, you may find certain merit:
Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting.
Give me an athlete and I'll give you an army.
Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf
Can't anything be done about calling these guys "student athletes"? That's like referring to Atilla the Hun's cavalry as "weekend warriors."
Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind.
College football: I do not see the relationship of those highly industrialized affairs on Saturday afternoons to higher learning in America.
Robert M. Hutchins, former President of the University of Chicago.
Exercise is a modern superstition invented by people who ate too much, and had nothing to think about. Athletics don't make anybody either long-lived or useful.
College football would be much more interesting if the faculty played instead of the students, and even more interesting if the trustees played. There would be a great increase in broken arms, legs and necks, and simultaneously an appreciable diminution in the loss to humanity.
H. L. Mencken, Minority Repor