Satirical Essay On Sports
Last night, junior Jeffrey Campbell reportedly achieved the eight hours of sleep recommended by the American Sleep Association, becoming at once both a role model and source of envy for much of the student body.
“It really wasn’t as hard as I’d thought it would be,” he said when interviewed. “It kind of just happened, you know? I was just as shocked as you would have been, in my situation”
Despite this remarkable achievement, Campbell is careful to emphasize that he did not let his academics slack in order to get some more rest.
“I just work at it, and it, well, works out,” was his response after we asked exactly how he managed to juggle a packed schedule — AP classes, extracurriculars, as well as a varsity sport — with the sleep required for his body to actually function for a night. “I mean, I generally get home at around six, and I eat dinner on the bike ride home to save time. I guess I work on my homework for maybe five… six hours, a night, if it’s a hard day? Even then, there’s still, you know, test prep, volunteer work, independent research, and all the obligatory stuff that you’ve still got to fit into your schedule. Last night was a perfect storm: I had barely four hours of homework, only three tests and an essay the next day, the kid I was supposed to be tutoring cancelled. To be honest, as much as I would love it, I don’t see this happening to me again.”
Nicholas Walker, a senior who had also achieved Campbell’s near-mythical eight hours used a slightly different method. We interviewed him in his room, while was sitting cross-legged on his bed, exuding an aura of calmness with a ring of textbooks surrounding him. He spoke softly and deliberately, as if he were slotting each word in place, one by one.
“Plugging away all night, every night, is fine, but I don’t exactly have the patience for hoping for what amounts to nothing more than a nightly Hail Mary,” Walker said. “I was — well, I had a pretty rough junior year, so I knew that something would have to change senior year.”
A student takes a power nap before a late-night study session. Credit: Jasper Fu / M-A Chronicle
Flipping pages on several textbooks at a time as we talked, he continued, “I actually spent the bulk of my summer reading up on how to best streamline my study habits. At this point, I can actually get home, get to my room, and enter a kind of semi-meditative fugue state in under fifteen minutes. Physiologically this counts as something very similar to REM sleep — I consulted several doctors about this — but it allows me to simultaneously study and sleep for more than thirteen hours in the day. You’ll also note that some of these books are in Braille, because that means I can read two books at a time with my eyes, and two more with my hands.”
When we asked him about the side effects, he paused for several seconds before resuming with his measured speech. “It… does take a toll on my mental and physical health, according to the doctors I’ve asked, and I’m technically not supposed to do it for more than a couple of hours a week, but I’ve been going strong so far and I see no reason to stop now.”
Walker adds: “I think I’m rather lucky, actually. I hear these horror stories about my friends, you know, making all-nighters a weekly thing — oh, it’s time for ‘Two-Hours Tuesday,’ or ‘What’s Sleep Wednesday,’ stuff like that — and I’m not going to lie, I don’t know if that’s entirely healthy.”
Satire: Why Sports are not important
Humor27 Jan 2013, 00:30 IST
“You will be nearer to Heaven through football than through study of Gita” -Swami Vivekananda
Oh, don’t take it too seriously, it’s just a quote by one of the greatest sons of our country, Swami Vivekananda. These quotes are useful in writing essays during the exams! No need to apply them! What’s in sports? We all appreciate that sport is important, but not for us, only for the sportspersons. We enjoy watching them, but hardly participate in any sporting activity which may improve our level of fitness. And for the children, sports should be banned! It’s a complete waste of time! Children should concentrate on their study! They should complete their school hours, attend coaching classes and then return home and study again. In between, if they find time, they should learn how to operate technology by playing video games. Video games imbibe team work as not only the child, but the parents, or even the grandparents, can participate. Can you ever imagine such a family participation in any other discipline of sports! No! So, the suggestion is to make video games the National Sport of our country and let’s appeal to the International Olympic Council to incorporate it in Olympic Games.
The tiny tots love to play. But, we must understand that, like their size, their brain is also tiny. They cannot understand what is good for them and what is bad. At that age, they should start spending more time in understanding subjects which involve technicalities. There is a curriculum available for their progressive development. There is a ‘system of evaluation’ to understand whether they are enough ‘developed’ or not. What? Sport also involves techniques? Don’t make yourself the laughing stock, what is the technique involved in kicking? Anybody can run and kick a ball by using their toes! What? What would be the position of the ‘non-kicking foot’? Oh, this is not a rocket science at all, you can kick the ball only with one foot and the other should be considered as the non- kicking one. So simple! No curriculum is required for that! Any sports trainer can teach it. What? A mathematics teacher is an expert of the subject and he knows what to teach! No curriculum is needed for that! What an illiterate you are! Mathematics and sports can never be compared! In mathematics, a comprehensive curriculum is required and in sports, no such curriculum is needed. That’s all, no more ‘illiterate’ question will be entertained!!
What? The dismal performance of our sportspersons at the international level! Oh, what can be done? I have thought a lot on this while sitting on my armchair! What a pity! A country of more than one billion population cannot win medals at the international level! Let us do something, let us criticize a lot. Let us criticize the Government, federations and sports-persons! All of them should be replaced! Otherwise, there will be no hope for Indian sports. The only solution is to replace them and then India will start winning medals after medals. Please make the administrators understand that two disciplines should be given more importance – video games and cricket. In cricket, we have Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Dhoni! They are our icons, they mesmerized us! They cannot be replaced! That is why, we do not encourage our children to be like them! You cannot be like them! You can just watch them and clap! You will have the opportunity when India will participate in the Olympics of video games! Our children and their parents and their grandparents will make us proud by their dazzling performances. Let us wait for that great day to come, let us wait for the day when India will become a ‘sporting nation’! The nation will, surely, remember my contributions as an ‘armchair critique’ for the ‘sporting successes’ of the country! I am sure of that.
Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction and is not to be taken seriously
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