I’ve been a fan of sports ever since I can remember. I have vivid memories of watching Michael Jordan and the Bulls winning the NBA Championship in 1993, the 49ers (my favorite football team) winning the Super Bowl in 1995, and the Atlanta Braves winning the World Series in 1995. I’ve followed all the major sports at one point or another in my life and depending on the decade, have a ridiculous amount of sports trivia logged away in my brain where math and science should be stored.
I watched the Super Bowl this last Sunday and found myself feeling okay with the outcome either way. This was mostly because neither team is the 49ers so I’m not invested. The game was exciting and I enjoyed the commercials (more funny and apolitical make for better ads in my opinion). I drank 805 and had some very tasty chili a friend of mine made (I’ll happily mention she requested my own chili recipes for guidance). What’s better than that?
I haven’t talked much about sports on my blog, focusing mostly on writing and storytelling but I want to branch out more this year. I’m fairly certain those of you who come to read my blog posts won’t mind if I stray into other topics. As I’ve said before, to know me is to read me. I don’t think you can know me unless you understand sports have a special place in my heart. I played basketball in a city league and in school most of my life and while basketball was my preferred sport, I have strayed more to football and baseball in recent years.
I love talking sports with others. I take pride in my ability to understand the rules, history, and cultural impact sports have in our lives. I’ve often joked that there is nothing more divisive in the world than religion, politics, and sports. You know them. Those people who are such die-hard fans that they ooze fandom, secreting love for their team and vitriol for every other team.
I admit, I was one of these fans a few years back when the 49ers became very prevalent and had a great team again. I have apologized to my wife since then because I was quite the turd if my team lost and far too emotionally invested in their success. After a few bad years recently, I’ve realized my unhealthy fandom and hopefully righted the ship. That is until they’re good again…and they might be this next season (Jimmy GQ!).
What I find so interesting is how sports shape us. As children, the game is fun and we learn how to be team players (hopefully). We get to run around outside and compete and learn some valuable social skills in the process. In adulthood, many of us realize we will probably not play professionally and we live vicariously through our favorite players and/or teams. For me, sports can serve as more than entertainment and I hope to teach my kids that once they’re old enough to make a decision to play sports or not. Until then, I
Call to Action: Those fricking Tide ads won the Super Bowl. Watch and enjoy one of my favorites!