I think The Talking Heads said it best. In fact, they predicted it in song: “You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?”
This whole thing started so innocuously. Honestly, it did.
The details are no longer important, but several years ago it became necessary for me and Sports to undergo couples counseling. I had given Sports the absolute best years of my life, and in return…well, let’s just say that Sports had begun to mail it in on the relationship. An intervention was needed. Or at the very least, a reboot.
It began with a remarkable basketball game, and the next thing I knew, I was charting a course to attend 100 athletic events involving 50 completely different sports. Everything from “A” (archery) to…“Y” (yachting). Hey, you try finding a sport that starts with the letter “Z”. And no, zamboni-riding doesn’t qualify.
Eventually, what started out as a humble little sports walkabout took on a life of its own. I got offered real, live money to chronicle the whole thing in a blog. And somewhere along the way, the word “book” crept into the conversation. It’s Game Time Somewhere was published in February, 2013.
If you absolutely insist on reading the book, far be it from me to try and stop you. But consider yourself warned, because in the very next sentence I’m going to give away its essence…
What I learned over the lifespan of the whole adventure is that the happiest sports fans in America are those that have chosen an often-overlooked sport to pursue to the best of their ability—however limited that may be.
I still attend lots of games. But not prime-time, household-name games. You won’t find me at many events that get covered on the front page of your local sports section. Or the second page. Or on pretty much any page bearing type size that’s larger than 4-point. The athletes I see these days play not for profit and fame, but for themselves, their teammates, or for the sake of just plain having fun.
No, I haven’t seen a television camera or an ESPN production truck in a long time; but now more than ever I find that it’s always game time somewhere.
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