The older I get, the more I love sports. Which is a good thing, because it's pretty much all we watch. No reality TV (if my husband can help it... I like American Idol and The Voice when I can catch them), and the occasional sitcom. Two USA dramas have a place in our hearts: Burn Notice and In Plain Sight. Other than that, it's baseball... football... basketball... and hockey. More or less in that order. All year long.
|Sentimental favorite: Wrigley Field|
|Turner Field: girls who love baseball!|
I used to think baseball on TV was about as exciting as watching grass grow. This may sound ridiculous, but I read the book The Complete Idiot's Guide to Baseball about seven years ago, and I have been in love with MLB ever since. The book explained to me the history of baseball, the strategy of the lineup, the exact distance between the bases, and great games in history. I can't say I memorized it all or starting spouting stats, but I came away with a greater appreciation of America's pastime. Now I even love to watch it on TV and my husband has shared his love of the Texas Rangers, and I'm a new fan of Nelson Cruz, Derek Holland, Michael Young, et al.
College Game Day is my favorite show. I love Dr. Lou. I know the fight songs for Texas A&M and Notre Dame (but strangely, can't remember the one for my own alma mater, University of Cincinnati). Baseball hats aren't just a bad hair day fashion statement, but walking billboards for my favorite teams. I've been known to make a good run on a March Madness pool, and have won a time or two. One of the best parties I've ever attended was camping out for tickets to a University of Cincinnati basketball game back in 1990, when Nick Van Exel was playing for UC, and they were on their way to a Final Four season the next year. Not all of my friends love sports, and we share other interests. For me, it's a lot more thrilling to watch a game than the Kardashians or those crazy Jersey Shore people. Don't get me wrong; if you love the Housewives of whichever county and that makes you happy, I'm not here to tell you that you should change. If you don't love to watch sporting events, give a chance to reading a book about the sport and then try again, especially if you're a "football widow" or similarly disconnected during certain seasons; you may surprise yourself.
|Decorated and ready for EMHS regionals|
|My friends and me with the Irish Guard, circa 1985|
|In the stands at Northside Gym|