What do sports mean to you?

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Edward McMahon

Firstly, I would like to welcome all of you sports fans or people who have made your way all the way to the end of the paper. My name is Edward McMahon; I am a senior here at Assumption College. I study Writing and Mass Communications with a minor in marketing. I am extremely excited to say that I am the new sports editor of Le Provocateur.
I would like to pose this question; What do sports mean to you? Now, it may look like a simple question, but its answer is a lot more complicated. There is no one set answer, like on a test, no true or false. Sports mean a variety of different things to everyone. It could mean the time you get to share with your loved ones. It could mean the release from the everyday hustle and grind of work, a place where the stress just fades away in the winding minutes of the fourth quarter and your team is up by a touchdown. Sports in one way or another affects millions of people every week, heck, every day. This fascinates and motivates me.
I grew up exploring every sport I possibly could, from badminton to football. Eventually, I landed on baseball and football, which is what I stayed with through high school. I had grown up with and have always been surrounded by sports, so it was an important part of my life. Sports showed me how to be motivated and focused, and they also showed me how to lead, as I was a captain of the baseball team in high school. When it was time for me to come to college, I had a tough decision to make. I eventually decided not to pursue sports an athlete but as a spectator, which has lead me to this point.
I am very grateful for the opportunity I have been given and aim to provide quality articles about the amazing teams here at Assumption College but also take a larger look at the professional level. So let’s dive in.
Sports for me have been an opportunity for my family and friends to gather. Watching the Patriots at home with a fire roaring in the fireplace and a house full of people you love is something that will stay with me forever. It is the environment that is created around sports that have been around for such a ling time.
The first time my father took me to a New York Yankees game to see my idol Derek Jeter take the field is an experience I will never forget. What I felt in that moment is indescribable. Pure bliss overtook my body, and who else would I want to share that with than my hero, my father.
I believe that for many, sports are so much more than a game. People aren’t just concerned about the rules and the fine details of a game. They are wrapped up in the environment, an atmosphere that surrounds these spectacles.
Now on the other hand, there is one aspect of sports I do not agree with: the money. The money in sports and the amount these athletes get for playing a game has gotten out of control. It is taken away a little of the integrity and innocence of some sports.
When it all boils own to it, there is nothing like gathering up loved ones and enjoying a full day of relaxation when your team is ahead and frustration when your team is down. Sports events provide the perfect opportunity to connect and socialize over a common passion and love. Great discussions and headed debates break out. You get the best of both worlds; it is truly a special and unique environment, one I wouldn’t change for the world. Play Ball.

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