YOBcast Rehash: Sports

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Join Tom and Elliott on our second episode of the YOBcast Rehash! Click here if you missed our premiere episode on gay perceptions. In this episode, we rehash some feedback from our sports podcast episode — while walking through a babbling brook, no less!

And don’t worry: we talk about that name that some people seem to dislike.

Enjoy our second Rehash, and don’t forget to comment below! What’s your favorite sport? Do sports have a “point”? Ever been river-walking?! Got a better sounding “a-name” for the YOBcast Rehash?

  • Awesome video discussion, men! Two themes that I related to, here…

    The first is over the anxiety I’ve also personally felt, because of the stereotypical association with sports and/or sports knowledge, to that of our masculinity. It’s like there’s this unwritten Code of American Maleness that suggests there’s some sort of intertwined symmetry between the two.

    In other words, the male sports stereotype says, “The better you are at sports, or the more knowledge you can instantaneously regurgitate back to a group of men about a particular sports topic… The more masculine you are.” But reality screams back at all of us, and says, “Not true… In fact, not even close!”

    But I still anxiously cringe inside whenever I’m enjoying a good football game with other guys who are present, and all the sudden two or more of them decides it’s time to start talking about players and stats!

    “Can’t you guys just be content to enjoy watching the game,” my own, unspoken thoughts will instantly begin to complain?

    The other theme I identified with is the devaluing of our individual masculinity that occurs, under the weight of trying to live up to these often ridiculous, masculine stereotypes. And that extends well beyond just the arena of sports, as the current topic (pun intended).

    Tell me… anyone, please tell me why it should become such a stressful matter of anxiety to any boy who steps up to home plate at a baseball game, and worries himself sick through a course of a few baseball pitches, whether he’ll even connect as he takes his swings with a bat? The poor kid should be enjoying himself… and the game! What he should not be doing is worrying over how he will be ridiculed for a potential “failure” to hit a meaningless, damn baseball with a bat!

    Please don’t misunderstand my point, though. I’m not at all suggesting that competition isn’t good, or that winning isn’t to be reguarded and celebrated as a super awesome experience for a boy and his teammates. What I’m saying is that no boy should ever be made to feel that masculinity itself hangs in the balance (and by proxy to the boy now becoming a man… Life itself), over something as ultimately measingless as a sports event.

    Sports teach us lessons about all sorts of things. And so those “lessons” all roll over, then, into our inward take on masculinity and life, itself, which in turn deeply effects our self-esteem.

    And isn’t that the bigger issue of the journey we’re all on, anyway?

    I love you guys!