Sports Are Meaningless, at Least That's What Everyone Tells Me

Gene ZarnickCorrespondent IApril 6, 2017

Are some sports really meaningless?  If you turn on ESPN or listen to the radio then it would sure seem so.

How many times have you heard these remarks?

The college basketball season is meaningless due to the size of the tournament field.
Baseball's regular season is meaningless because there's 162 games in the season.
Fights are meaningless in the game of hockey.

Every day there's a new person saying something in sports is meaningless.  The problem is that they forget to extend their sentence and say it's meaningless to them.

I just don't get it.  If something is so meaningless then why are you talking about it?

Really though, are some sports meaningless?

I don't know; I don't see it.  

Maybe I just love sports to much ever think that way.  Maybe I turn a blind eye to meaningless sporting events.   Maybe I change the channel if I'm not enjoying something.

I guess I'd rather not waste my time thinking about why I dislike something and why you should too, but instead I just enjoy what I like.

Actually I'm probably just a lot smarter than the people talking on television.  I use this special gift I have called common sense.

So how about we all use some of this common sense we have and analyze what meaningless really means and then maybe people will stop using such a meaningless word.

It's pretty simple here folks.  Meaningless just means that something doesn't have any meaning; it's insignificant and can't be explained.

Can any of the meaningless sports examples above really be described as unexplainable and insignificant?  Heck, you show me a tandem staring contest and I could find meaning in it.

There's no sport, not even a part of any sport that is meaningless.  If someone is participating in it, someone is watching it or someone is talking about it then it definitely has meaning.

The real problem isn't that something is meaningless, it's that something is less important.

I think we've all participated in a college football BCS/playoff discussion in the last few years.  All the BCS pundits love to use the phrase, "every game means something" when they're trying to defend the system.

If that's the case then after the first week of the college football season half of the schools seasons would be deemed meaningless.  A week later 75%.  A week later 87.5%.

Does that mean that college football's regular season is better than college basketball's if nearly 95% of the fan bases can stop watching television after week four of the season?

We can hold a debate another day, but the point I'm trying to make is that we use importance to try to determine meaning and many times the two don't go hand in hand.

People have different likes and dislikes.  Some teams excel and some teams fail.  That's just how it is.

We don't need people telling us that something is meaningless.  We're smart enough to figure out what we want to watch on our own.

Life changes and people change, but for the most part, sports stay the same.

For fans beating a rival is important no matter if it's the beginning of the season or end of the season or if you're 20-0 or 0-20 at the time.  We don't need told if it is or isn't.

The next time you turn on ESPN and hear someone babbling about why a sport is meaningless, remember one thing.

The only thing meaningless in life is listening to someone try to change your mind about something that you already know is true.