I fell off the wagon this week.

I wasted 60 minutes of my life watching people talk trash about sports, two nights in a row. I used to be a sports addict as a kid. Then I grew up and realized that pro sports has no relevance to my life. I’ve coached football my entire adult life. I have worked out since I was 12. I believe in the power of sports. I believe in the power of athletics. I believe in the power of training. I can’t stand watching pro sports, reading about it, or listening to the nonsense connected to it. But addictions are hard to break.

Last night I was watched Jim Rome’s TV show for the second time this week. First, I heard him and a guest, a CBS sports columnist, trash talk a pro quarterback who helped turn his losing team around, went to a playoff game, won it, and was rewarded by getting traded. More Tim Tebow-bashing by people getting paid to watch sports and talk about it. Then last night, Euro 2012 bashing. I watched some of Italy clobbering Germany (yes, I admit it…I’m a bandwagon jumper). I couldn’t help notice once again that soccer players sprint marathons for over 90 minutes and pass the ball with laser-like precision and speed. But the absence of violence doesn’t appeal to some people. The lack of fist-fighting like drunken street brawlers somehow makes Euro 2012 a “fringe” sport.

I decided to send Rome an email. He invites emails on his radio show with his “have a take but don’t suck” warning. Here’s my take that I sent to him:

My name is Gino Arcaro. I’ve coached football for 40 seasons. All unpaid. In fact, I pay to coach. I fund Canada’s only collegiate club team that plays in the USA, to give unrecruited high school players a second chance at getting recruited. I’m a diehard football coach. Hardcore.
I heard you and Pete Prisco bashing Euro 2012. You’re both wrong. Euro 2012 has shown some serious athleticism and world class skill. Just because soccer doesn’t rattle brains and bust up bodies for your entertainment doesn’t make it a fringe sport. Nothing is more boring than MLB and NBA. NHL is a headhunter sport, a bar brawl on ice.
There’s more to sports and athletics than violence, Rome. If you coached anyone in your life you’d open your mind to what truly matters in sport. Its easy for you and Prisco to sit in the comfort of a studio bashing the accomplishments of others. Both of you should try to make an impact in sports rather than bashing sports and profiting from it. Prisco made me laugh by whining that soccer is being “shoved down our throats.” What? And the NFL doesn’t do that 365 days a year? You made me laugh even harder by suggesting that soccer players should fight like NHLers. Hey Rome, NHLers fight because they know someone will break it up. Fighting in the NHL is a joke, Rome. And the bigger joke is advocating it. Go watch Italy-Spain instead of profiting from bashing. You’ll learn something.
And…if you want to debate this, get me on your show. Plus I’ll debate you and Prisco about Tebow and the science of quarterbacking. Let’s do this.
Sincerely,
Gino Arcaro
Head coach – Niagara X-men football team
Owner – X Fitness Inc.

Gino Arcaro has written 12 books. He started his writing career by writing 6 best-selling academic law enforcement textbooks. Then he changed his focus and wrote 6 non-academic books to compete on a new stage. The first book is Soul of a Lifter, available in paperback and e-book. The book is about how lifting is a life-saver – lifting others and lifting weight. Dual-purpose lifting. You can review all Gino’ books them by clicking here at the top of the S.O.A.L. blog.