R.I.P. Generation XSeptember 29th, 2012 by Joshua Scott Beranis
I’m defining my generation as anyone from about 28 to 40 years old. They are my generation because they are the ones who have watched as we grew soft and dumb. We are the Nintendo generation. We are the Cheetoes and Mountain Dew generation, and just as unfortunately, the Columbine generation, the Harry Potter generation, the decline of rock and roll generation (stretching it to say the Death of Rock and Roll generation, but I’ll admit that I was tempted to say so).
Everything has been getting mushy and fat, and whiny. Did I not just see Green Day get kicked off the stage with a one-minute warning to make way for almost mindless pop performers? Weren’t we at one point “anti-pop” and “alternative”? Wasn’t that my generation? Generation Next? Woodstock 2? Riots over the price of bottled water?
Mixed Martial Arts is our chance to take back what rightfully belongs to us. It is brutal competition which holds no political agenda, and which is already changing the way our staple American sports favorites are being played. They’re already bringing it to the gym in the NFL, and one of my favorite NFL players from the Green Bay Packers is a prime example of just what glory this combat sport is bringing to the table for us. http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/09000d5d82052996/The-MMA-way
We aren’t going to be remembered as that whimpy ghostly generation which destroyed everything beautiful that was set up for us by Generation X. We have the potential to bring everything about sports and fitness to the next level. We will be inheriting the UFC, Strikeforce, the AFC, the local gyms, the NFL, MLB, NBA, everything. I don’t doubt that alongside extreme sports in the Olympics such as Snowboarding and the like, that you will soon see the best MMA fighters from around the world competing against one another to display how our combat training stacks up on the world-wide scale.
I’m going to be pompous about this, and I really don’t care what anyone has to say in retort.
We are going to be the Mixed Martial Arts generation. The generation that saved the NFL. The Brute Force in sports generation, which made an entirely new audience fall in love with competition and drop the game console controller to stand in awe at the UFC Hall-Of-Famers, and look to their country’s best.