It’s the most wonderful time of the year… to be a sports fan
It’s the end of October, and if you’re a sports fan, then that means one thing: daily sporting entertainment.
We’ve reached that point in the year where you can tune into Premier League, or Champions League football, or log into your NFL or NBA game pass and watch your favourite stars across the pond at ungodly hours. The NBA is back, we’re blessed with a football season in full swing, the NFL getting to the midway point, F1 reaching a climax, and baseball figuring out its next world champions.
Growing up in the UK, I’ve been indoctrinated to believe that the only worthwhile sport to watch is football, and to be specific, Premier League and Champions League football. However, as I’ve grown up, and completely ignored my bedtime, I’ve found myself watching any kinds of sport, as I tell my family and friends: too much sport is never a bad thing.
We can watch the never-ending Premier League tapestry unfold, wondering: will Liverpool win their first league title since before the Premier League was a thing? Should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer be at the wheel?
Or what does the new landscape of NBA dynamic duos have in store for us? Is Zion Williamson up next, or is he built for knee-related failure?
And of course, will the Patriots and Brady do it again, and clinch the Lombardi Trophy for a record 7th win, or has Father Time finally come for the 42-year-old super-human?
We all have so many questions and I can’t wait to sit back and watch them be answered over the next few months. Although the end of January does see a drop in sports engagement, the Superbowl has been decided, the NBA is halfway through its, at times, tiresome 82 games regular season, the Premier League is recovering from its arduous Christmas schedule, and the Champions League is still on hiatus. Also, F1 is over by December 1st, baseball is dormant, and the Australian Open is all wrapped up. In the new year, we’ll sadly go back to waiting for the next burst of sports excitement, which will hit us around April.
So now is the time for all of us who enjoy competitive sports, exciting and interesting narratives, to switch on and pay attention. Yes, you will lose some sleep, you might even miss a day (or two) worth of outdoor activities, but it’s worth it. If you weren’t glued to your screens in July watching England and New Zealand play out the most exciting game of cricket ever, while simultaneously keeping a close eye on Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic take part in one of the best Grand Slam finals to date, then you missed out. The spectacle of the Super Over to decide the World Cup, as Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic traded breaks of serve simultaneously, was a glorious way to spend eight hours of my Sunday.
As you can probably guess, Sunday is my dedicated sports day. I wake up, prep for the two Premier League matches, and have the NFL and NBA playing on two screens till roughly one o’clock in the morning. I wouldn’t have my Sunday any other way. I live for my weekend sports schedule and, as a sucker for stats, I need to keep up with all the teams, its enthralling. Once you become personally invested in the achievements of sports stars it’s game over.
My point is that these games are about the individuals who pull us in and, that it’s more than alright to put off a party, or studying, to watch Steph Curry drain 3s and shimmy for San Francisco. It’s also more than alright to put off bedtime so you can finish that 4th quarter showdown between the Patriots (Tom Brady, the master) and the Chiefs (Patrick Mahomes, the prodigy).
So get your screens out, feet up, and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.