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Unformatted text preview: Brad Payne History of Sport Mosher C-Span Discussion on Sport and Heroes in the 21 st Century Brad Payne: Hello there folks I’m Brad Payne and this is C-Span’s “Discussion on Sport and Heroes in the 21 st Century”. Tonight we have special guests Luther Halsey Gulick, Pat Tillman, Barry Bonds, and Eric Liddell, here to voice their opinions on Stephen Mosher’s article, “Where have all the heroes gone?”; and more generally, the state of sports and heroes in the 21 st century. Welcome gentlemen, I am going to start this thing off with a question to you, Mr. Gulick- you were a large proponent of “muscular Christianity; could you explain what that is and why you were such an outspoken supporter? Luther Gulick: Certainly Mr. Payne, muscular Christianity is one of my favorite subjects. First of all, it is not my term, it was put forward by some of my predecessors who believed, as I do, that physical fitness goes hand in hand with spiritual fitness. To have a strong body is an important factor in spiritual salvation, and through play and games that focus on building unity and both social skills and a sense of loyalty and team work. Eric Liddell: I couldn’t agree with you more on this point. Christianity is a journey to salvation, one that tests mind and body alike, and to embrace the challenge of developing both, you embrace the spirit it takes to find Christ. Payne: Well said both of you, I think that the definition of muscular Christianity was more than adequately laid out. To follow that vein, do either or you feel that the points raised in the article on question have anything to do with muscular Christianity and how you feel sport “should” be played? Liddell: I will speak first on this one, if you don’t mind, since I have some rather strong feelings on this subject. I believe firmly that the athletes mentioned in the article are, whether they want to be role models or not, are. It is impossible that some little kid who worships the three-pointer the basketball player made to win the championship will not only pay attention to that basket, but also the drunk and disorderly received that night during post-game celebrations. Barry Bonds: Excuse me, but I just don’t think… Liddell: Excuse ME Mr. Bonds but I am not done making my point please wait until I am finished. Whether it is right or wrong, these men and women discussed in the article are role models, and I hope that throughout this discussion we can all accept as truth that regardless of whether or not it is desirable to be a role model, athletes in today’s age are undeniably role models that are in some cases the most powerful ones around. Bonds: Ok, now that you are done with that tirade Mr. Liddell- Why should I be a role model? I am good at swinging a bat to hit a ball, to do this takes absolutely zero moral fiber or any redeemable role mode quality, yet I am put on a pedestal and expected to tell kids to play hard to win, but play fair, be a great player but be a great teammate, to dedicate themselves to their sport but do well in school, and so on and so on. I am expected to be their sport but do well in school, and so on and so on....
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course SPMM 201 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '08 term at Ithaca College.
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