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If Life Could Be Just Like Sports

John Louie RamosSenior Writer IFebruary 16, 2009

The past week turned out to be one of the most emotional seven-day periods of my life.

While it was Valentine's Day and All-Star weekend, I also was shocked upon learning the biggest news at the university. One of my fraternity brothers was stabbed thrice and was in critical condition for most of last week. Gladly, he is stable at the moment.

I condemn violence of any kind as much as possible. I, as a fraternity officer, try to make a point for people to smooth things out in a civilized and decent manner rather than to adhere to violence.

Sadly, these things happened in the "spur of the moment," maybe a result of a sudden burst of emotion. In spite of it, I am still hopeful that we'll all come out clean and serenity will make a permanent reign.

The reason for said incident was plain and simple. It started with a little trash talk, a little cursing and some word wars. It was a simple misunderstanding that led to a not-so-simple life-changing event.

Come to think of it, "a little trash talk, a little cursing and some word wars" are all present in sports, but how come athletes go about unscratched while simple individuals end in chaos?

I'm not speaking of just my fraternity brother, I'm speaking to the issue as a whole: Ever heard of traffic incidents that resulted in a shoot out, or arguments that resulted in multiple homicides?

Well, if we could all be just like athletes and if life could be just like sports perhaps we could all live a better life.

Think about it:

If life could be just like sports, perhaps the bombs  being dropped on Iraq would just be basketballs so that it will yield the next Kobe or the next LeBron.

If life could be just like sports, perhaps the battlefields at Gaza would not be a field of dead bodies but a football field of hopes, dreams and aspirations of being the next Brett Favre or the next Marshall Faulk.

If life could be just like sports, perhaps the Somali pirates would stop their hostage taking activities and get themselves involve in scuba diving, swimming and other forms of aquatics.

If life could be just like sports, perhaps simple misunderstandings would not result in harsh violence but only cause red card penalties.

If life could be just like sports, perhaps we could have a story line wherein foes turn into friends, enemies into allegiances and problems into solutions.

If life could be just like sports, perhaps rebels would just dropped down their guns and ammunition and hold their badminton and shuttle cocks.

If life could be just like sports, perhaps governments around the world would have a common policy founded on honesty, integrity and camaraderie.

If life could be just like sports, perhaps the carnappers wouldn't race against cops, rather they would race against Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and all those top F1 racers.

If life could be just like sports, perhaps there wouldn't be terrorists, instead there would be more sports heroes and role models.

In this times of hardships, I envision a life that's just like sports—no depression, just passion.

My vision is that we can all sit down in one bleacher, munching peanuts, popcorn, barbecues, drinking beer and soda, wearing our teams' shirt and going nuts on every possession, every play, every defensive stop, every touchdown, every basket, every knockdown and every goal.

That is my vision.

If life could all be just like sports perhaps you, me and everyone of us will share a better world.

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