Why I have enjoyed following the Blazers!
For a season and a half I have applied my numerology skills, intuition, and experience with human behavior to successfully and accurately analyze and predict insights and results about the Portland Trail Blazers. Oftentimes my observations were posted months before the sports beat people even saw things coming. I have already detailed the reason for my appreciation of the Blazers and why I have taken time to follow their progress in a previous blog.
As you most likely know by now, one of my best pieces was the prediction of 44 to 52 games this season. I sent the information to numerous Blazers writers and media people thinking they would enjoy a different angle when looking at the team. I have been ignored completely after numerous communications, and even blocked. I have subsequently learned with time that there is not much imagination in the sports industry. I don’t think they want you to know it is kind of easy to do sports stories. For the most part the people in it become insecure, insular and threatened by anything that varies from the industry restraints and agreed upon formulas. More on that later.
Why I am losing interest in the Blazers, NBA and most pro sports.
After two years of following the Blazers I am tiring quickly from the superficiality, redundancy and predictability of the industry. Having listened to or watched many of the games from the other teams radio or television coverage one soon realizes that the announcers all say virtually the exact same thing when covering the Blazers, and most likely about the other teams.
Except for a few old venues, the arenas look the same, play the same loud music, have the t-shirt cannons and never ending distracting activities. It is as if the evening is designed for ADD personalities. They all have the same goofy mascot doing the same shtick. Then we have the dancers performing their herky jerky dance routines with the obligatory booby bounces, shimmy derrière teases and mop flop two time circling head twirls with their measured long hair. Every venue has that same announcer with the full throttle booming baritone voice with his predictable,” and now here’s BARRRRRTH BUUUCOLIC”!!!!!
The players, too, fall into repetition complex. One of them gets a tattoo, and then dozens of others suddenly have tattoos. One of them grows a goatee beard and, zoom, the next game you see goatees all over. One grows a 3 inch hay straw haircut with orange tips and… Well, you get it.
The multi-billion industry has, by its own account, become an entertainment business. Herein lies a big problem. The emphasis long ago has become business profit, entertainment and distraction. Somewhere in this transition “the game” has lost something. The industry now protects the product and emphasizes sales and promotion. This clearly distorts the game. You can see this in how the games are managed and controlled.
For example, every game analyst will tell you that the superstar is going to get preference when fouls are called. We have all seen it in every game. “And Tall Superstar gets the ball. He gives a vigorous butt push to Novice Nobody and then turns to drive. He puts his hand in NN’s face and gives him a knee to the groin while driving to the basket. Novice Nobody grimaces and bends over in pain. Ohhh, he bumps into Tall Superstar as he bends over and is called for a contact foul”.
After watching several hundred games it is clear that there are many really weird and inexplicable clusters of referee calls which completely alter the direction, motivation and complexion of the game. It is clear that too often there is an agenda that favors the product at the expense of the game.
What troubles me about the industry.
That leads me to the biggest issue. For better or worse, sports have joined the entertainment industry along with music, dance television and motion pictures. These can provide wonderful events, talent and beautiful things as products of these industries. More often it becomes one of chosen agendas and distraction from real world issues.
We have lost sight that this is a game. By definition a game is something that children play for exercise, relaxation, fun and entertainment. For adults it is a tool that can be for similar purposes, but more often turns harshly competitive, status dependent and exaggerated in importance. Idols are artificially created and idol worship abounds.
Everyone who follows pro sports knows of the vastly skewed pro salaries. Some cynics would call it an “obscene” amount. Perhaps that is a little harsh. But the reality is that the lowest paid player at the end of the bench makes about 10 times more income than the average school teacher in Tualatin. Everything in the industry becomes overdone and exaggerated.
To enjoy the game and appreciate the game for its skill and professionalism is to be appreciated. To hold on and languish over something that is gone can become obsessive and prevent the obsessed person from recognizing and facing real issues that faces society.
I very accurately predicted the outcome, scores, and player performance of a Blazers/Clippers game last year the day before the game was played. Did it again for a Rockets/Blazers game soon after. Yes, it was a temporary entertainment fantasy, and quite fun. But in the end, what does it matter?
In July of 2001 I submitted predictions to a publication for September 2001. In it I predicted that the United States had created bitterness with many nations around the world and could very well experience a domestic terrorist attack! That is meaningful and impacted every citizen of this country. Still does.
In one of the Blazers sports articles this year the writer mentioned how the Blazers took some time off to go to the World Trade Center museum. Some players described the visit as “meaningful”. How meaningful will it be when they learn one day who was responsible?
Years ago during Bill Clinton’s administration I predicted that the administration would soon be involved in a scandal that would result in the consideration of his premature ejection from office! Two weeks late he was standing in front of the nation claiming, “I did not have sex with THAT woman! (miss Lip-in-ski) !! How many Americans remember that he was impeached? That is an issue that does matter. Interestingly, his bedeviled cohort is now running for office.
Sports events can become an intoxicating and enticing escape and distraction from real issues. I got caught up in the post-game adrenaline high after a win and the discouragement and sometimes despair after a loss (especially an unnecessary one). I see all of this in perspective.
What is worrisome is that many thousands of fans become totally fixated upon the experience at the loss of awareness of far more important social and global issues. I have spent hundreds of hours over the last couple years watching, waxing and waning with the Blazers ups and downs. That does not include all of the time analyzing, writing and posting articles.
It has been an exciting ride. But I have come to realize there are far more important things that need my attention. I believe this is true for too many addicted sports fans. My life has become centered on being a retired therapist/consultant, budding futurist and esoteric cosmologist. I am striving to see the overall picture by looking at events cosmically (universally/galactically), globally, socially and then personally. The whole world of the sports/entertainment business mostly feeds the personal. Sports fans, and the people in the industry, too often do not see beyond the personal, and then minimally so.
It is estimated there are 7.50 billion people on the planet. Most likely 7.49 billion have never heard of the NBA, and less of the Portland Trail Blazers (or Damian Lillard). The sports world in general is a self-indulgent world. Sometimes participants manage to rise above this.
How many sports fans take time to be aware that there are galactic events occurring that may soon impact 7.5 billion of the earth’s souls? How many fans, and especially players, realize that their billion/millions of Federal Reserve notes (sometimes confused as a US government currency) are seriously close to becoming valueless, as hundreds of nations around the world are dropping them from global reserve exchange?
How many seriously take time to confront the fact that the air, water, land, food and every facet of our earth life is seriously contaminated, polluted and toxic? How many sports fans take time to notice the epidemic of millions of women and young children that are being sexually abused, blackmailed, abducted and coerced into trafficking and slavery every day?
There are so many serious issues that face every life on this planet right now.
Too often careless souls let the entertainment industry distract attention away from such serious matters. I let it happen, even with the expanded awareness that has come from a rich and multi-dimensional life that I have been blessed to experience. Dysfunction is a tricky aspect of human behavior, and unfortunately, thrives ever so pervasively in these times.
I have more important things to do and must now get back to addressing issues that impact all of us, rather than a few thousand sports enthusiasts. It’s been a fun ride at times, and I will be watching over my shoulders every once in a while to see how the Blazers are doing. They are on numerical course to reach a possible pinnacle of achievement especially around 2018 and 2019.
There are good people on the team, in the organization, in the industry and among the fans. More often than not it is easy for the participants in, and followers of the sport, to get lost in the near sightedness of the packaged product that is produced by the industry. They then lose sight of beyond.