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Us and Them: The Generation Gap of How we View Sports

By Bob Lazzari On February - 1 - 2011

Recently, I started thinking about the difference between how our generation approached sports (and life in general, maybe 30-35 years ago) and the way youngsters go about it today.

Like night and day, folks.

You see, my intention here is NOT to criticize the youth of today—far from it. I've met and coached some wonderful youngsters who will definitely go on to be productive members of society. It's just that countless factors, including technology and the disintegration of the family unit in general, seem to have produced kids today who aren't as talented and/or interested in sports as we were—and ones who SURELY don't have as much fun as we once did.

With that in mind, here are a few differences between "us"—the kids of a few decades ago—and "them" (the youth of today). And yes, folks, you can hum the old Pink Floyd tune while reading this:


US: We grew up in the "sandlot age"—not the computer/video age—and were playing sports CONSTANTLY. The only time when a kid of our generation would plant himself in fr...

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