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August 7, 2023 49 mins

Athletes and their Tales of Growth and Change

Sports is the ultimate serial story that attracts an audience from all walks of life. It’s not only the singular wins that keep fans engaged and invested. The stories of the teams and players woven through the years keep us invested and connected at a deeper level.

Our guest, Douglas Eric Smith is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played for the Los Angeles Kings, Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins over the course of his career. He was selected second overall in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft.

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Well, welcome everyone to folk tellers stories, be shared podcast. I am Joseph Bastian and here with my, oh, no, it's a Spanish day. It's si Kurt David Stephen Sadler and we're happy to have you here uh, on this episode entitled, you're a real sport. We're gonna talk to athletes and talk about tales of growth and change. So to tee this up, uh we're gonna have uh Doug Smith on later. Doug is a former NHL hockey player and he's a good friend of Kurt. And um we're gonna, he's got an incredible story to share with us. So, uh I would don't wanna steal Kurt's Thunder, but um so to, to kind of open us up, I, I always like to start with a quote from some people to kind of get our thoughts around this. And so, so our theme now is like sports is story. And I know in another episode we were talking about, we touched on this a little bit with uh sports and myth as a mythological heroes and heroes and things like that, but just listen to this and like take some so time with this. So this is from X it was uh an article written in Forbes magazine and they said uh sports is the ultimate serial story that attracts an audience from all walks of life. It's not only the singular wins that keep the fans engaged and invested the stories of the teams and the players woven through the years, keep us invested and connected at a deeper level. So like let that soak in because one of one of the things that I wanted to pull you guys into is, you know, I read this book um called the Warrior ethos. And it was all about how warriors and how soldiers think and what I don't think a lot of people know about, you know, the history of a lot of sports is sports started as um practice for war. Like a lot of these earlier, earlier cultures when they weren't fighting, they had to keep in practice. So they would play games and they would, you know, they would play war games and they would have competitions and things like that. And so a lot of the sports that we have today, I mean, that's kind of the genesis and there's some, I just wanted to read a quick thing and then tee this up to you guys because I know you're gonna have a lot to say about this. So in the warriors ethos, they say um warrior's ethos, the warriors ethos dictates not just how a warrior should behave towards his enemies, but also how he should relate to his people and overcome his own weaknesses. It is a philosophy that must balance the encouragement of active aggression with voluntary self-restraint. This tension lies at the core of the warrior ethos. And these are the 33 sort of tenants of the warriors ethos honor the way of death. The highest duty is to the people and who sweats more in practice, bleeds less in war. Now, think about what that, you know, and an athlete's mindset. Kurt, you, you know, you actually are athlete at the highest level, the highest professional level, you know, how does that resonate with you? Yeah, I think one of the things I always have to qualify is that, you know, my, my career was pale in comparison to a lot of the hall of fame, all star world champion athletes that I sit on with today. However, one of the things that, that struck me as you was reading these things was, I think about, I don't know if it was the Aztecs or, or which tribe it was, but they used to actually have sporting games in which the losing team was put to death. I mean, literally, and, and so when I read that first, uh at, at attribute about honor of the way of death, I mean, it truly was for, for that game. I mean, you know, we talk about winning and losing today and it's like, oh, you didn't get the trophy. But, uh, you know, for those tribes or during that time it was literally, or you would be put to death if you didn't win. Yeah. So, and that's really, yeah, the stakes were high, right? Like we think the stakes are high now. But, you know, it, I, I always think, and we've all played sports at, at, at different levels and you know why you, why you get into sports, why some people get into team sports, individual sports? Uh, you know, what's, what's the driver there, Steve, what

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