Summer kicks off with some amazing sports highlights.
Sports fans: Are you ready?
California Chrome goes for the Triple Crown of horse racing June 7 at Belmont Park in New York in what caps off a great two weeks for sports fans. The Miami Heat are going for back-to-back-to-back titles as they face the San Antonio Spurs in a rematch of last year’s NBA finals and the New York Rangers square off against the Los Angeles Kings in the battle for hockey’s Stanley Cup. And, if that wasn’t enough excitement, Hall of Fame golfer Phil Mickelson goes for his career grand slam next week when he seeks to win his first US Open at Pinehurst in North Carolina. Though I’m not a big tennis fan, but when you add in the French Open to the mix, June is one hell of a sports month.
For all the division in the category when it comes to politics and social issues, sports is the one activity that brings all sorts of people together.
There’s nothing wrong with a little more unity these days. With Obamacare well under way, the mid-term elections approaching in November and both Republicans and Democrats gearing up for the 2016 presidential election, it’s become a daily shouting match on television to gain a political edge.
I’m sick of it myself and wish it would stop. Unfortunately, it won’t. Such is the result of both sides trying to win. I know people are convinced of their positions and philosophies and won’t budge from them, but it’s tearing the nation apart. Maybe, the only way it will end is if one side crushes the other in the upcoming elections and rid of the rancor.
For all the arguments made by both sides in the political debate, their importance is overstated. It’s my view that most people get worked up by one political position or another but for the most part, all we need to do is focus on our own well being and that of our family and ignore everything else. We make or break what happens in our life; not what’s happening in Washington, DC. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t get involved or have opinions, but don’t let it dictate our daily life and view of the world and others.
I find it interesting that the last time we went this long before crowning a Triple Crown champion in horse racing was Secretariat in 1973. The country was bitterly divided over the Vietnam War and Richard Nixon’s presidency shrouded in the Watergate scandal. For a weekends that year, everyone seemed to come together and rooted for that horse and at least our differences were set aside for a bit.
Sports have a way of bringing people together of all walks of life. I just wished its impact could be felt even stronger right now. It sure seems like we need it.