13 Dec 2014

Organized sport is the enemy

“Organized sport is the enemy. Skateboarding, yes. That is free, you can do it anywhere and there are no parents involved, or very few. But team sports? No, no, no. That's not to mention early indoctrination into the pernicious creed of competition. There is something horribly Victorian about team sports. Somehow you are supposed to give up your individuality to a wider cause. And good team players are often unpleasant people: 'Jock' is the expressive word for the type in the States.” Tom Hodgkinson

Dead Kennedys – Jock-O-Rama [starts at 51:00] (Live @ Wust Radio Music Hall, Washington DC, 1985)

“Sports reproduce the main features of modern industrial organization: regulation, specialization, competitiveness and maximizing performance. (…) What sport and physical education produce are fundamentally performances and records, that is, computable data, things, no relationships between people.” Federico Corriente & Jorge Montero

The Freeze Land Of The Lost LP (Modern Method Records, 1983)

The Freeze – Go Team Go
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“Organized competitive sports do not contribute to build character. They are so far from building character that, in my opinion, continuous and excessive participation in competitive sport tends to destroy it.” G. Okerlund

The Faith / Void The Faith / Void LP (Dischord Records, 1982)

Void – Organized Sports
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“Team sports are all about beating the other team. They prepare young men for vicious competition in the workplace. But games don't have to be competitive, and any anthropologist will tell you that old-fashioned societies, which have more egalitarian systems of government, have their own games and sports but without the cut-throat Western competitive element.” Tom Hodgkinson

Three Sided Football (Nacer Merzoughi, 2009)
“Three Sided Football is a game invented by Asger Jorn, that he presents in the book The Application of the Triolectical Method in General Situology, edited in Århus in 1964 by the Scandinavian Institute for Comparative Vandalism.”

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For further reading, please check out Federico Corriente & Jorge Montero's Citius, altius, fortius (only in Spanish), and do not hesitate to visit the International I Hate Sports Club.

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