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Richard Leonard, SJ speaks at LA Congress 2010

Richard Leonard, SJ speaks at LA Congress 2010

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  • I have run the race
    I have fought the fight
    I have won the prize which is Jesus
    I have run the race
    I have fought the fight
    For he is our salvation, Jesus is our life.
  • Sport = Inculturation
    • Top 10 rating TV programmes in 2009?
    • Top 20 all-time highest rating TV shows (per % of households)?
  • The top ten TV shows of 2009
    Super Bowl Steelers vs Cardinals
    American Idol (Wednesday), Fox
    American Idol (Tuesday), Fox
    Dancing with the Stars (Monday), ABC
    Sunday Night Football, NBC
    Dancing with the Stars (Tuesday)
    NCIS Los Angeles, CBS
    NCIS, CBS
    Monday Night Football, ESPN
    Sunday Night Football Pre-kickoff, NBC
    The Good Wife, CBS
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  • Top rating TV programmes of all time (per % of households)
    The Ed Sullivan Show: The Beatles 9 Feb 1964
    The Ed Sullivan Show: Elvis Presley9 Sept 1956
    I Love Lucy: Lucy Goes to the Hospital 19 Jan 1953
    M*A*S* H Final Episode 1983
    Dallas “Who shot JR?” 1980
    Roots Part 8 1977
    Super Bowl 1982 (49ers Vs Bengals)
    Super Bowl 1983 (Redskins Vs Dolphins)
    XVII Winter Olympics 1994 (Women’s figure skating)
    Super Bowl 1986 (Bears Vs Patriots)
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  • Gone With the Wind 1976 (Part 1)
    Gone With the Wind 1976 (Part 2)
    Super Bowl 1978 (Cowboys Vs Broncos)
    Super Bowl 1979 (Steelers Vs Cowboys)
    Bob Hope Christmas Special 1970
    Super Bowl 1984 (Raiders Vs Redskins)
    Super Bowl 1985 (49ers Vs Dolphins)
    Super Bowl 1980 (Steelers Vs Rams)
    Super Bowl 1996 (Cowboys Vs Steelers)
    ABC Theater, “The Day After” 1983
    Roots Part 6, 1977
    The Fugitive Final Episode 1967
    Super Bowl 1987 (Giants Vs Broncos)
    Roots Part 5, 1977
    Super Bowl 1994 (Cowboys Vs Buffolo Bills)
  • The most watched show ever in terms of numbers:
    Super Bowl XLIV (New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts) 106.5 million, 7 February 2010.
  • Jesus was no gym junkie
     
    Paul ran the race and claimed the prize
     
    Sport as we now play it emerges in 16th century
     
    Jansenism: the spirit is good but body needs to treated harshly
     
    Muscular Christianity: physical weakness = moral weakness
  • What is a sane and Catholic response to the USA sporting culture?
    Most popular participative sports: walking (70m) Swimming (60m), Cycling (50m), Gym (47m), Fishing (45m), Bowling (42m), pool/billiards (34m), basketball (33m) power boating (28m)
     
    For women
    aerobics; swimming, golf and tennis
    The biggest crowds
    Baseball, basketball, ice hockey, football
  • Last year it was estimated to be worth $410b. Sports Advertising: $30b
    23m go to Mass each week in the USA (36% of 65.2m) versus the estimated 5.1m who go to sporting each week (260m per annum)
    We could fill Beaver Stadium 608 times every single Sunday with Mass-going Catholics 36% of 65.2m.
  • The best things about sport: whole person development, ‘incarnated’ spirituality, stress relief, develops a person’s (sometimes hidden) skills, teamwork, self-esteem, resilience, determination, results from effort, acceptance of ‘tough calls’, humility, respect, learning from mistakes.
    For a Christian “winning is not everything” : praying to win? What does prayer do?
    Estimated that Sporting groups raised more than $4b for charity in the USA last year
     
  • But there is a downside: the Seven Deadly Sins: pride, greed, envy, anger, lust, gluttony and sloth.
     
    “boys will be boys” and “what goes on tour stays on tour”
     
    Saints have been supplanted by media stars and sporting heroes
  • Narcassism – body image
    Sexis not a commodity for us, just one of many recreational options
    Violence: in word and deed
     
    Big end sport = a boys club
     
    Sport = civic religion
    "Sports also has its "saints"
  • "Sport also has its ruling patriarchs”
    "Sport has its gods"
    "Sport has it high councils”
    "Sport has its scribes”
    "Sport has its symbols of faith"
    "Sport has its seekers of the kingdom"
  • “through their performances, create an “other” world of meaning, complete with its own rules and boundaries, dangers and successes… (to help people) fit a grid to their own experience in order to define it and give it structure" (Price, Sabbath 35-36).
  • I have run the race
    I have fought the fight
    I have won the prize which is Jesus
    I have run the race
    I have fought the fight
    For he is our salvation, Jesus is our life.