#WednesdayWisdom: Things Can and Certainly Do Change

Looking for a little #WednesdayWisdom? We’re pulling out past stories that are still just as relevant today. Here’s a pearl from Jim: The Big 3: Horse Racing, Boxing and Baseball.

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Sometimes it’s worth stepping back and realizing how much time changes things. That’s not true just because it’s interesting and enlightening to do so, but because it can also be inspiring. It’s a reminder that not only can things change, but that they certainly do. Big, immovable, permanent “truths” turn out not to be so permanent after all.

I was reading about the Kentucky Derby recently and in the discussion of the current popularity of Horse Racing, I read something that I’ve read and heard a number of times before: the “big 3” sports until 40 or 50 years ago were horse racing, boxing and baseball.

Let that sink in a moment. Imagine ESPN had existed in 1955. The lead story would very likely be who won a horse race that is NOT the Kentucky Derby, or a run of the mill professional boxing match or, of course, baseball.

Even non-sports fans know that today, the most popular sports in the U.S. are football, baseball and basketball. Really, it’s football — long pause to reflect how far ahead football is — baseball and basketball. Then after that you’ve got the next tier of hockey, auto racing and maybe soccer, before you tumble down to the truly obscure stuff like lacrosse, and, yes, horse racing and boxing.

Read the rest of Jim’s post about the Big 3: Horse Racing, Boxing and Baseball.

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