Global Religion brings humor smack back into the center of sport. The sport 'pie,' that goes back way beyond Homer, has many ingredients.
Fun, recreation, competition, exercise, teamwork, entertainment — all play various roles in various games. Recently work, money and politics have taken some sports by storm. In They Also Serve...Tennis — A Global Religion, the 'good laugh and quiet smile' of Wild...takes a step further. By bringing "clerical" figures — Cardinals, Popes, Imams, Rabbis and Abbesses — onto the tennis court, their "decorum" is shattered and a low key chuckle emerges. Humor and Tennis are both cohesive — they bring people together as in the original Olympics for peaceful, enjoyable, channeled competition. Winning no longer entails annihilating the opponent but relishing the challenge, fostering prowess, dexterity and achievement.
Perhaps sportsmanship can trickle down into world religion.