In years past, I paid closer attention to sports. Now, and I don’t know why, maybe it’s simply due to the process of aging, but those events don’t captivate me as much.
Don’t get me wrong, if I’m cleaning the house, or have a little down time, a football, baseball, basketball or hockey game will aptly entertain me. Heck, as of late, after the last women’s World Cup to be exact, I’ve taken a liking to soccer. As testament to that fact, European soccer made my Covid quarantine bearable.
Of course, being raised near, and, now, living in, Green Bay, Wisconsin, the Packers are tops on the list. I think it’s safe to say, they always will be number one. Even now, when the team is registering under the .500 mark, if given the chance, I will sit down and take in an entire game.
I had mentioned aging as a key reason, and it most likely is, but there’s probably other reasons why I pay less attention to sports. I think it’s an enormous money machine. And when money’s involved, the whole environment seems less intimate. Suddenly, and seemingly needlessly, more controversies and rivalries pop up…every team needs a rivalry, right?
This is what I’m saying, controversy and turmoil, through radio talk and other media, almost seems to be artificially generated. Don’t get me wrong, some of that, and the drama surrounding a competition, adds a little flavor to the event.
That being said, and I’ve heard this comparison from my favorite sports highlight show: paying attention to sports drama is like eating chocolate cake. At first it’s delicious. Yet, eat it too long and you’ll start to be repulsed by it- and it would be because of the same attributes that caused you to like it…
I think that’s why I don’t watch sports as much. Watching a game once in a while, as a mental treat, is perfectly fine. But I can’t consume too much, or it might consume me…and there’s so much more to life.
Sometimes, games are touted as historic, before they’re even played, yet, I bet, and I really don’t need to bet because I know, that you couldn’t tell me about every ‘historic’ sports moment you’ve watched. I’m sure some stick in your brain, because there was an event that stole your attention. But a the term historic is loosely used.
As I think about it, there’s only a few moments, as I contemplate their historic implications, that I truly remember as special. Registering number 1, that would be the Sosa McGuire single season home run chase. I had been a fan of Mark McGuire since his rookie year, and I loved the Oakland A’s Bash Brothers. So, I’ll remember the September of 1998.
Another memorable moment, and this may be solely because I’m a Packers fan, was Farve’s record breaking Monday night game. But I think it has more to do with circumstances than on the field accomplishments…I guess I just argued for a need for off the field drama…ugh! Could they be right?
I guess it’s like I had stated earlier; Drama is chocolate cake! ‘Nough said.
Anyways, that’s how I feel about sports in general. Not every game comes down to the wire, but, when they do, the competitions make for decent time passing endeavor. Phew, I think I’ve said enough…and as I read this back to myself, much of this post is pure rambling. So, I’ll just wrap it up.