Game theory. Playing to win means that everyone loses.

Game theory. Playing to win means that everyone loses.

During dessert, rude conversation was silenced by the appearance of our hosts’ young daughter. Five years old and insomniac, she had stomped through to the adults to stand on tiptoe and whisper into her mother’s ear that she did not want to go to her pre-school’s athletics day tomorrow.

We were sympathetic. Most of us had disliked the sporting events we had endured during our childhoods. No matter how nurturing and supportive our parents or teachers had been, we had all feared failure.

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Submitted by : Pete Swanepoel of MONTCLAIR on 2013-05-29 12:01:42
Lovely article! At last some sense! You're so right about being "expected to become sports watchers, standing adoringly at the sideline, buying stupidly expensive merchandise".

What utter stupidity! A "Proud Sharks Supporter", spending cash and lung power cheering on five FreeStaters, Two Bushvelders, a Frog, two Bolanders, a Kiwi, an Argy and one oke from Ladysmith (all hired-hand paid performers) as HIS TEAM! Amazing what marketing can do!

Bring on participatory, fun, non-win-at-all-costs events (and they're there: Many mountain bike races also host rides where the family can trundle along in enjoyment). We need more pick-up games in parks. Rounders is good. We also need to run without immediately thinking "Comrades", cycle without "Argus" and paddle boats without immediately being written off if we haven't "done a Duzi".


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