Almost all Americans are involved with sports in some way. They may play volleyball or go swimming or skiing. They may watch football or basketball games on the high school, college, or professional level. In reality, sports have reached a point where they play too large a part in daily life. They take up too much media time, play too large a role in the raising of children, and give too much power and prestige（声望）to athletes.
The overemphasis（过度强调）on sports can be seen most obviously in the vast media coverage of athletic events. It seems as if every race, meet, or match is shown on one television channel or another. ① Radio offers a complete list of games and a variety of talk shows. Furthermore, many daily papers such as USA Today are devoting more and more space to sports coverage, often in an attempt to attract more readers. The paper with the biggest sports section is the one people will buy.
The way we raise and educate our children also illustrates our sports craziness. As early as six or seven, kids are placed in little leagues, often to play under screaming coaches and pressuring parents. Later, in high school, students who are selected by the school and by the community are not those who are best academically（学业上）but those who are best athletically. ② The United States may be the only country in the world where people often think of their colleges as teams first and schools second. The names Penn State, Notre Dame and Southern Cal mean “sports” to the public.
③ For one thing, we reward them with huge salaries. In 1990, for example, baseball players averaged $350,000 a year; the average annual salary in the United States is $18,000. Besides their huge salaries, athletes receive the admiration, and sometimes the votes of the public.
Why are Americans so mad about sports? Perhaps we like to see the competitiveness we experience in our daily lives acted out on playing fields. Perhaps we need heroes who can achieve clear-cut victories in the space of only an hour or two. ④
Ａ. Our sports craziness is especially evident in the prestige given to athletes in the United States.
B. Kids look up to a Michael Jordan or a Roger Clements as a true hero.
C. Whatever the reason, the sports s cene in this country is more popular than ever.
D. And college sometimes seems to be more about sports than about l earning.
E. In addition, sports news makes up about 30 percent of local news at six and eleven.
⑤What is the main idea of the passage?
Bridgette was going into the sixth grade in September, ① in April we had bought her two newborn lambs. Bridgette’s plan was ② (raise)them during the summer and then sell them for school clothes．When the little lambs came．Bridgette had to feed them several times a day．She even slept for a few nights with the lambs so they wouldn’t cry．Soon the lambs became attached to Bridgette and followed her ③ she went.
When the day to sell the lambs came，however，we found that the price was disappointing．A man at Woody’s market offered only ＄100 for the lambs．Bridgette cried，“Dad．I won’t have
enough ④ for the school clothes I picked out.” I explained to the buyer why she was sad. He didn’t answer, except to ask me to have my daughter talk to him.
Bridgette sat beside this kindly，gray—haired gentleman．They talked for a while and she calmed. Then the man came over to ⑤ and explained what he had told her．“I knew she probably ⑥ (grow)attached to the lambs like my daughters ⑦ to do at her age. So I asked her if it would make her feel better to know that I was not going to butcher the lambs, but ⑧ I just needed them to keep down the blackberries on my farm. Th en everything ⑨ . She was satisfied with the sale.”
Bridgette was not able to purchase all the clothes she had picked out for school that year. ⑩ I’m sure when she occasionally thought of her lambs living a happy life just a few miles away, she would doubt whisper to herself, “Some things are better than money.”