by James Moore
Technology never stops. Everything from networks to social media to new, extreme sports and equipment…heck, with every new start of a New Year, state-of-the-art devices and challenges are once again brought into sports’ arenas around the world.
Oddly enough, this time out as we look into the future and see what’s hovering out there among the new technologies, cell phones, sporting goods, etc., is a huge piece of the past.
This is coming from the world of sports. It is almost amazing to see that even some of the extreme sports that are being ‘created’ are actually based on the old ones that were put out to pasture so long ago. As we reflect, like many do as the New Year approaches, we see that sports is actually one of the most interesting and UNCHANGED industries of all time.
Sports is one of the very few that can be dated back to actual human existence. After all, humans were active and most definitely had to master their environments and habitats in order to do everything from make fire to forage and hunt for food.
The Great Outdoors is also the place where humankind’s social world came about. As sports and activities grew in the culture, so did the society. Through sports and events, intelligence grew and cultures expanded, allowing marriages to be made and families to be created.
Everything from walks in the woods to a jousting match was a special event for human beings who wanted to be a part of the Great Outdoors and have fun and recreation with others. Some of these events have come back full-force over the last decade, especially jousting. Yes…the ladies, gents, steeds, nature, laughing, speaking actual face-to-face conversations with no beeping or texting around to ruin the day, this is a sport that many are talking about all over the…World Wide Web.
Society and sports go hand-in-hand and will continue to as humanity moves forward. We study and admire cave paintings found from tens of thousands of years ago that depict everything from relay racing to wrestling. And we can see very clearly that even though society has changed, the sports we love have remained for all time.
Swimming, archery, sumo wrestling, javelin throwing – the list goes on. Which is nice to know, seeing as that a human can take comfort in the fact that no matter how much change comes from politics or other things we debate over each day – the actual sports world is something we can always rely on to stay fundamentally the same.
Think of all the royalty – famous and infamous that we study in 2013 – that have competed in our sports of today; ball games are not new, neither is high-jumping, rowing or shooting. In essence, only the gear has gotten better because of the increases in technology. Ancient Egypt, Greece, Sumeria – these are the locations that produced athletes that thrilled the crowds. Fresco’s and artifacts have been found that show how important athletic events were when it came to social interaction of all classes, not just the rich and royal ones.
Gymnastics was also one in Ancient Greece that brought about athletic festivals, events, and even funeral games – a way for the ‘people’ to bid farewell to their deceased warriors who’d worked so hard to protect both them and their cities.
Most experts still agree that the first formal sports definitely came from Greece; sporting events that would one day end up to be the Olympic Games we glorify and celebrate today. (However, chariot racing and jousting is definitely missed by one and all.)
It was even a creation of Greece to form female sporting events that were first held in Olympia back in the sixth century. The Heraean Games are still heralded as the first time females were given the chance to compete in the world of sports, and opened the door for a future where female athletes would be admired and revered.
So as you turn on your television sets in the coming year, make note of what you see when watching a game of any kind. Think of the heavy weight of the armor that once had to be worn; and if you’re watching an extreme sport, remember there was once a time when ‘extreme’ actually meant that real-live bulls and Bengal tigers were actual foes!