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Conclusion

Conclusion  

Mike Cronin

in Sport: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2014
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Nov 2014
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9780191781339
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199688340.003.0008
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9780199688340
Conclusion All of you have lost your way. You’ve become muddled. Somehow you’ve forgotten what’s important. I don’t see a room full of sporting legends here, I see a room full of people looking for their next sponsorship deal, book deal, tv series … You lot need to get back to basics, remember who you are, what you are, what you stand for. The sight of a British comedian, albeit in the context of a sketch at a major awards ceremony, demanding that the nation’s leading sports men and women remember what they stand for, was telling. Corden positioned this
6. Dark side

6. Dark side  

Mike Cronin

in Sport: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2014
Published Online: 
Nov 2014
eISBN: 
9780191781339
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199688340.003.0007
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chapter
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9780199688340
6. Dark side Sport is not simply about who wins or loses the game. While events on the field of play may constitute the limits of the actual physical sporting experience, the impact of sport is felt far wider. In 1950, for example, Brazil was the host nation, and hot favourite, for that year’s soccer World Cup. They faced Uruguay in the final, in front of 200,000 supporters, packed into the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The Uruguayans stunned the home crowd into silence, scoring the winner, with 11 minutes remaining, to win 2–1. In trying to explain the
Introduction

Introduction  

Mike Cronin

in Sport: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2014
Published Online: 
Nov 2014
eISBN: 
9780191781339
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199688340.003.0001
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chapter
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9780199688340
Introduction Sport creates a bond between contemporaries that lasts a lifetime. It also gives your life structure, discipline and a genuine, sincere, pure fulfilment that few other areas of endeavour provide. What is ‘sport’ and why has the urge to run or jump, to wrestle or master a moving ball individually, or in a team, been part of human culture for so long? Is sport a source of virtue or, as George Orwell put it, ‘war minus the shooting’? Sport harnesses the human instinct for play and the joy of movement in the cause of competition. Who is the strongest,
Sport: A Very Short Introduction

Sport: A Very Short Introduction  

Mike Cronin

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2014
Published Online: 
Nov 2014
eISBN: 
9780191781339
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199688340.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199688340
A Very Short Introduction

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