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Patriots Parade, February 5, 2019

February 6, 2019 Leave a comment

“So you’re a Pats fan?”

“Actually I’m more baseball and basketball.”

“What are your favorite sports?”

“Bicycling and lifting weights”

“No, I mean to watch…”

Ugh.

Nothing could have dampened the good cheer of Tuesday’s 1.5 million fans lining Boylston St. for what has come to be almost an annual ritual; the Duck Boats carrying another Boston champion team to be cheered by adoring fans.

However, not to put too fine a point on it but I found the inquiry by my fellow reveler a tad disquieting in that he assumed, always a risky proposition, that “favorite sports,” referred to watching rather than taking part.

Once upon a time I was an awkward chubby, pre-pubescent rooting for the Mets, Jets and Rangers, transfixed by the low definition grays of our trusty General Electric 12″ black and white.

Watching a Mets game before bedtime inspired the next day’s self-hitting 3-on-3 baseball game on the dead end of North Bayles Ave. in the Port Washington, N.Y. of my boyhood.

The time I spent watching was greatly exceeded by the time spent I playing.  I wanted to BE a player.

Today’s fan wants to LOOK like a player as in one of the innumerable Patriots’ jerseys that cloaked the masses along Boylston St.

My fandom inspired activity rather than sloth.

It seems to me to me that we have a classic case of ‘wag the dog’ when watching  comes to mind rather than doing when it comes to all manner of activity and sport.  The soft, bloated bodies of young folks seem to be the mainstream of today. 

This comes in spite of, or maybe because of, the wide availability of sugarless, low fat and vegan products and the easy availability of instruction in all manner of sports and fitness.

Life is doing. 

Fandom is fine as an inspiration and motivation.

What is not so fine is that young folks are more sedentary than folks of earlier generations.

 

 

 

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SEASONS CHANGE: APRIL, MLB & NBA

April 17, 2015 1 comment

Hello everybody!

I hope that everyone has filed their taxes. 

As the old bromide has it, “April comes in like a lion, and out like a lamb,” so I guess species transformation is about 1/2 of the way there.

In my bandwidth April comes in like a basketball and out like a baseball.  MLB is 2 weeks into its 162 game marathon while in the NBA jockeying for that coveted #7 seed in the East, Go Celts!, will yield the playoff-intensity basketball that is, y’know…intense.

So…

Personal style

NBA: Frustrated jock

MLB: Fervent fan

Footwear

NBA: Kicks

MLB: Cleats

Moving

NBA: Hops

MLB: Wheels

Aged in wood

NBA: Lapera’s driveway

MLB: Self-hitting at Sands Point Academy

It’s for the children

NBA: Nerf ball

MLB: Whiffle ball

Time begins

NBA:  Tip-off

MLB: Play ball!

Time goes on…

NBA: 48 minutes/OT

MLB: It ain’t over ’til it’s over/Extra innings

Foreign currency

NBA: Celts’ Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome

MLB:  Soz’ Junichi Tasawa and Koji Uehara

Boston song

NBA: “Welcome to the Jungle,” Guns & Roses @ TD Bank NorthGarden

MLB: “Sweet Caroline,” Neil Diamond @ Fenway Park

Southpaw

NBA: Celts’ Tyler Zeller

MLB: Sox’ Craig Breslow

You can’t get there from here

NBA: North Washington St. during a Celts game

MLB: Boylston St. during a Sox game

Parking

NBA: “Parking?  Didn’t he play for the Bruins?”

MLB: $100 for a SUV at the Mobil at Boylston and Ipswich

There’s a new sheriff in town

NBA: New commissioner Adam Silver

MLB: New commissioner Rob Manfred

Logo

NBA: Jerry West

MLB: Harmon Killebrew

Endangered species

NBA: White Americans

MLB: African Americans

Reptiles

NBA: Toronto Raptors

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks

Nerd #s

NBA: Points per shot, PER(Player Efficiency Ratio)

MLB: On base average, ERC(Earned Run Components)

Small and aggressive

NBA: Isaiah Thomas

MLB: Dustin Pedroia

Convenient injury

NBA: Tripping over the foul line

MLB: Tripping over the foul line

Politically incorrect

NBA: Too many blacks

MLB: Too many Latinos

Duck boats last used

NBA: Celtics: 2008

MLB: Red Sox: 2013

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