I’ve been starting to see a lot of these being posted to people’s walls on facebook. i must say some are pretty accurate but it falls back to the communication with words and pictures like memes. Therefore, they are uncool and need to go. Just showing how our society, myself included, is continuing to allow themselves to be distracted…..
cool can survive in sports as long as tiger and his sunday red can remain. the most dominant athlete in any sport today.
then and now (first picture)
So here are a few things that i think could make a great comeback
1. Mustaches: every man secretly wishes they could rock on as good as they did in the 70’s and 80’s. Just don’t even try denying it fellas. I’m talking full on stache, not some dirty peach fuzz that gets laughed at.
2. Basketball players staying more than a year in college: more of a concept than a thing but it would dramatically improve the game. Look at the players who stayed back in the day. Shaquille O’Neal stayed until his junior year, Micahel Jordan left his junior year, and David Robinson graduated from the Naval Academy before playing ball. All of these guys are on a way higher level than any of these guys leaving after their freshman year lately.
3. Throwback jerseys….all the time: its worked with snapbacks. Kids are wearing hats with 90s logos on them everyday. Kids weren’t around to see the Minnesota North Stars play, but that doesn’t stop them from wearing the hat. So why don’t Pro teams wear there throwback jerseys every game? obviously it would be a big hit eventually. They just looked better back then. The designs today are way too conservative. The same holds true for court designs in the NBA
I’m not going to post any pictures with this because I want you all to imagine what society (and how cool it would be) if these three things were back in the mainstream….
So we have been talking about the views of platonists and pragamatists all semester. One area of this debate we really haven’t discussed though is in sports. In any situation, a Platonist would say that a positive result in any match, game, etc. would be Cool, Good, or Right and the opposite and subsequently negative result would be Uncool or Bad. A pragmatist would just say they have already achieved Cool by getting tens of thousands of people to pay money to see them to play a sport the people could play, albeit much worse than the pros, at home.
Whether or not you follow sports, everyone recognizes the photo of Michael Jordan of my Chicago Bulls hitting the game winning shot against the Utah Jazz in the ‘98 Finals to win his sixth and final title. This turned out to be his final shot and basket as a Bull. Now you be thinking that doing something in front of so many people would be awesome and not Cool. And you would be right….if you were talking about the people watching him shoot the shot. That was awesome to see and i could watch it over and over again. Michael Jordan on the other hand. He was very Cool in that moment. He just went down the length of the court, put a little move on the defender, and calmly sunk the shot; giving the opposing crowd a little fist pump as he walked back to the bench for a timeout.
Both Pragmatists and Platonists agree that what he did was Cool but for very different reasons. A Platonist would say that it was Cool because he made shot. If he had missed, than it would’ve been very Uncool. However, a Pragmatist would rather not argue over whether its Cool or not because it is Cool simply because he is drawing such a crowd and wants to see whether MJ can hit the shot or not.