The Sports Calendar
posted Feb 13 2014 12:12AM
With the football season over, I look forward to two things: Speedweeks in Daytona, which is the kickoff for the NASCAR season, and Spring Training, which signals the beginning of baseball. I do enjoy the NBA and NHL, but baseball and racing are the sports I most love to watch.
It's funny, some people say baseball is a boring game. I disagree. Certainly it is slow-paced at times, but I love the constant duel between pitcher and batter. The psychology involved. I love the way the fielders have to work together, and how every play is different. And the most exciting games are ones in which there is very little action: the no-hitter and perfect game. I've never been witness to one of these in person but I've watched several on TV. The atmosphere is electric, as everyone watches to see if the pitcher can go the distance. And because baseball is so superstitious, the pitcher's teammates won't even talk to him for fear of spoiling it. I love that stuff.
As for racing, I love the speed, the competition, that razor's edge between the winner's circle and disaster. I find it endlessly fascinating how a field of drivers, with much of the same equipment, can have dramatically different results. I love the strategy, how such things as fuel economy can mean as much as anything the driver does. How a tiny adjustment to the car can bring someone from the rear of the pack to the front. I enjoy all these things.
So some people might look at this time of year and a dull one for sports, but I disagree. Cheers!