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March Madness has long been over, as has the college football playoff, the Superbowl, and collegiate hockey. The NBA Finals are coming up in about a month and the NHL is winding down as well. Once those two final series happen, America will find itself in a little bit of a sports purgatory.
Sure, we’ll have premiere tennis and golf matches to watch throughout the summer, but those are sports that are vastly different in the eyes of Americans than, say, the Stanley Cup Final or the NBA Finals. We’ll also have baseball, but games during June, July, and even most of August are not all that exciting. For the diehard baseball fan that is not true, but I’m simply not one of those people.
Professional sports, and more specifically speaking the NFL and the NBA, have never piqued my interest quite like college sports have. I find myself far more engaged when watching a college basketball or college football game than I would be if I was watching say, the Detroit Lions or the Detroit Pistons. That isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy watching the NFL (or the NBA once the playoffs start) because I do — but I’ll never be a guy who makes pro sports watching a priority on a weekly basis throughout the year.
I love to watch sports, but I find during the dog days of summer when the only thing on is an opening round match at Wimbledon or a 1:00 p.m. Tigers game, that I am far less stressed out than when my favorite college football team is playing on Saturday afternoon.
I’m a better person when I am not emotionally invested in a sports match, and I didn’t realize it until I was driving my car this evening. I like summer, not for the weather, the sundresses, or the ability to wear Birkenstocks (although those are all added bonuses) — I like it because I am stress-free in the sports department. It’s a beautiful thing to wake up on a Saturday morning and know that I’m not going to miss anything important if I go play 18 holes with my phone turned off.
Most of you reading this can recall a time probably in late fall or early winter when you found yourself with your head in your hands at a bar watching your favorite football team lose a game they shouldn’t have.
With a head and belly filled to the brim with domestic light beer, you probably embarrassed yourself screaming at a television in a packed bar, losing any chance you had with some girl who thought you were cute because you had to curse out your team’s quarterback at the top of your lungs.
This will sound wildly contradictory but it is the truth — watching sports is a dumb way to spend my free time. But having said that, it is also incredibly fun to do. I’m not sitting here telling you that I’m NOT going to yearn for football season this entire summer, but I’m also not saying that I’m in any rush for it to be here.
I’ve found that I’m much more enjoyable to be around when one of my teams isn’t playing in an important game, and going out for drinks is much less laborious when I’m not in a corner of the bar nervously chugging a pitcher of Bud Light with all of my fingernails chewed off.
Certainly part of this take is rooted in the fact that Detroit sports teams are a complete and total mess at the moment. Not one of them is even close to competing for a championship and that fact has left me feeling a bit empty.
All I’m saying is that my life seems to be a lot more cheerful when I’m not huddled around a television with a bunch of other people screaming until I go hoarse. And if you still have a team playing for a championship right now, I think you’re going to mysteriously find that your mood is much sunnier once the Stanley Cup and NBA Finals are over..
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