From early on in history there have been spectator sports. Although are not all sports meant to be viewed by spectators? Why else would you go and chase a ball around on a field?
Watching sports is a personal choice. Some may see it as a waste of time (five hours times four days = I didn’t get anything done because of The Open golf championship), While others see it as a way to connect with co-workers (“That player was pretty good in that game, huh?).
I like some sports, but others—not so much. When the sport world ground to a halt because of that thing that should not be spoken, I watched a few of the re-runs, but eventually I got of the couch and went out for a run.
Since the Olympics will be starting soon (good idea or bad?), here are a few thoughts in no particular order or preference (I’ll make fun of my sports too):
- Cycle racing (The Tour de France just wrapped up on the weekend): I’ll stand here for ½ and hour to see my favorite rider—Wait, they are all bunched up and look the same.
- Nascar: Around and around and around…YAY! A crash! (that’s what you are waiting for, right?)
- Soccer/Football: What an exciting game! What was the score? One Nil.
- Marathons: Do I want to see them having fun (Mile 3) or not (Mile 25)
- Hockey: There is an old joke, “I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.”
- American football vs. Rugby: Too much protection vs. Not enough?
- Equestrian: I’ve always thought that the horse should get the medal.
- Bowling: Amateur – Strike, spare, spare, strike, spare. Professional – Strike, strike, strike, strike, strike…
- Basketball: Maybe they should have 4-pointers.
Finally, in the “Wait! What?” category:
- The National Cornhole Association: Yeah. There is a sport called Cornhole.
Onto this week’s cartoons:
That’s all the weirdness for today.
Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.
Book Two the The View from Here trilogy is now available: The Second View