Today at work, I asked a pack of guys which would be more important – watching the 4th quarter of the Bulls game tonight, or watching the 1st period of the Blackhawks game. They are running concurrently tonight. The response was unanimous:
My mother disagrees. If you really want to hear the story behind this discussion, you can stay after class, but it made me think about the different reasons people enjoy watching sports. I had to explain it to one of my nerd friends once:
Example: Great Aunt Bev is from Michigan. As in Detroit. As in Pistons. One Christmas Day, the Bulls were playing..someone..and Aunt Bev made a couple of rather snarky comments about Michael Jordan. My brother, age 12 or 13, shouted (in his best Monty Python voice) “Burn the Witch!!”
And he got away with it.
For me, sports are great fun when my teams are winning, and not too hard to shake off when they aren’t. (I believe Joy said it takes half of Monday morning for me to get over a bad Bears loss.) A low risk emotional investment.
And tonight, I have two teams in the playoffs.