Sport is a metaphor for life: you win or lose, then you move onEllis Cashmore, professor of sport, culture and media at Staffordshire University injected a welcome dose of reality into the aspirations of young people, and their parents, when he pointed out this week that your child probably has more chance of winning The X Factor or Britain’s Got Talent than they do of making it as a professional footballer. 
Ian O’Doherty, of the
Irish Independent, has just published this article based on my observations on the exaggerated importance we place on sport. It’s a provocative read — much better than my original argument. Click on the above link for the full text.