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Hey, y’all. Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I’m sure you’ve noticed!
Since the second baby was born, I’ve been busy. Running your own law practice, trying to handle two kids, two dogs (we adopted a puppy from Kentucky Humane Society back in November), being on a few local boards and committees keeps me busy enough. Then, I did the probably foolish thing of joining a few guys and starting The Coopers, a pro soccer supporters club in Louisville.
In the few months since The Coopers were founded, it’s been a whirlwind. Exploding membership, season ticket pledges, merchandise, local (and some national) media attention, capped off by a visit from the leadership from Orlando City Soccer Club last week - it’s a lot to take in. I’ve had nothing short of a blast being a part of it all.
But I’m taking a moment to reflect. I’ve always spent a lot of time reading about sports on the internet, talking about sports, watching sports. None of this is particularly productive. It doesn’t make me money, it doesn’t make me more attentive to my family. There are times when I feel bad about spending so much time and expending so much energy over something that is so superfluous in the grand scheme of things.
I guess I do these things because sports appeal to me emotionally. I find sports interesting. Know what I don’t find interesting? Updates to the Kentucky Revised Statutes. I like being a lawyer. I like the law. I love sports. The law is important. Sports are stupid.
But are they? If one considers sports to be a part of a place’s cultural fabric and identity, maybe they’re just as important as art, music, theater, and the like. These are all things that may not serve as the building blocks of society, but they make life worth living. (I admit I sort of paraphrased the most recent iPad commercial on that bit, but it seemed apropos.)
I’m not going to stop being a lawyer (unless someone offers me six figures to do something I find attractive without having to leave Jefferson County, which I doubt). I’m not going to stop loving sports. My aims with the Coopers and bringing pro soccer to Louisville aren’t all about creating something for my family to do during the summer. Some of it is about civic pride - sports teams do provide a focal point for citizens to hang their identity on, right or wrong. Some of it is about bringing a game that appeals to the world to the less-fortunate parts of Louisville - The Coopers have made a point of having a charity arm that serves Portland and the West End.
These are all good things that have value. I’m glad to be a part of it. I suppose just need to make a point of making sure I’ve properly prioritized my life. I have a tendency to over-commit myself. But there’s no doubt that my most important commitments are to God and my family. The law, sports, music…that stuff must wait.