Can We Guess What Childhood Sport You Played?

Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

Sports are one of the defining cultural institutions that pass nearly unchanged from generation to generation. Some sports, football (soccer) or baseball being good examples, are distinctive within certain cultures, marking out fans and participants as certain nationalities. Sports can divide a population, as with northeastern American baseball fans, or bring the world together, as with The Olympics. Sports are one of the oldest ways of avoiding armed conflict, going back to the original Olympics in ancient Greece.

The reasons sports are taught in school are nearly the same reasons as those for the existence of the "do" martial arts in Japan, like Judo and Kendo: to develop virtues like humanity, honesty, altruism, wisdom, integrity, manners and giving one's best effort. Of course, no one should expect a small child to have the patience or focus for American football or baseball, so most games we play as kids are dead simple, aimed at developing the skills that will lend themselves to larger sports at a later date.

Did your childhood sports experience leave you with a nasty taste in your mouth, or did you develop an appetite for competition? Childhood sports leave a lasting impact on us, affecting the courses of our lives well into adulthood. Can we guess which childhood sport was your game?

How did you feel about your sports opponents, as a kid?

If you won, what did you win?

How long did you stick with your childhood sport?

Is your childhood sport played by many professionals?

What was your relationship like with your team?

How did you and your team practice?

How many other teams were there in your home town, relative to the number of schools?

How many college scholarships are there for practitioners of your childhood sport?

Did your classmates think your sport was cool?

How respected is your childhood sport?

What lesson did you take from your sport into adulthood?

Which industry is closest to the one you are in?

Which best describes your position with your employer?

When bad things happen in your life, how do you take them?

What special trick do you use in raising your kids?

Are you a good influence on morale in the workplace?

How do you feel about lying to undermine peers in the workplace?

Is life a zero sum game?

How would you handle competing with a colleague for a promotion?

How would you frame your pitch to a client, knowing other companies are pitching as well?

How would you convince someone to do something for you, when you don't have a great reason other than "because I'm asking you to"?

Would you encourage your kids to do the same sport as you?

Have young people become softer than they were when you were growing up?

What safety equipment do you wear when riding a bike, skiing, etc?

What brand of car do you own?

Where did you grow up?

What was the highest degree you attained?

Would you play your childhood sport today?

Do you have any adult friends who played your childhood sport?

Does your childhood sport still exist as it was?

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