We have a real good thread here for sports video games, which leads me to suspect that there might be some real-life sports enthusiasts on this forum. I’d like to find out! So that’s what this thread is for.
In my younger days, I was an enthusiastic but ultimately pretty untalented sports player. Mostly pickup baseball and road hockey, and later basketball. These days, I’m an old rickety man with bad feet and ankles, so my sports-playing is pretty much behind me.
But I loved attending baseball games, pre-covid. Especially at the gorgeous Yokohama BayStars stadium, where the sight lines are stunning and the beer tastes amazing on a hot summer’s night.
I’m also a close follower of the NBA. I love basketball because to me, watching the chemistry between the five players on the court is like listening to a group of jazz musicians improvising together. Change one player out for another, and you change the whole dynamic. And these days, NBA players change teams so often, so it’s fascinating watching how various teams’ attributes ebb and flow.
This season, I’ve also decided to follow the NHL for the first time in many, many years. The realignment of all the Canadian teams into one division, where they’ll all exclusively play each other in an ultimate hockey death match, is an intriguing proposition. Long ago, I wrote the sport off entirely for being too chaotic, and not rewarding the most skilled players enough. But I’m ready to embrace that chaos, and give it another look. I should probably mention that I grew up in and around Toronto, and my dad has been a diehard Maple Leafs fan his entire life. And as far as that goes, well… if you know, you know.
Individual sports evolve and change over time, with changes to gameplay and strategy trends. It’s pretty cool!
And, following a professional sports league is more rewarding to me than watching any scripted drama, because it contains just as many storylines, but it’s all “real” (kinda), and it’s these people’s actual jobs and lives involved. By the same token, however, the egos and ridiculous salaries make it all a bit exhausting at times.
I don’t know. Anyone else around here like sports? Favourite teams, fun experiences you’ve had, athletes you have feelings about? There’s lots to talk about, potentially!