Sport in the Rear-View Mirror – I
One thing I have noticed: when you don’t watch football,
Your brain does not become concussed.
I have not watched a down all season,
And don’t plan to start now.
Best thing about retirement
Is not having to trek to the Meadowlands.
Unchurched on Sundays,
I thank the maker for sweet entire liberated days.
One Saturday we were enjoying barbecue in Red Hook,
And a college game was blaring over my shoulder.
Somewhere in the South. Alabama. Ole Miss. Whatever.
The cadence was familiar. Run-pass-kick.
* * *
I think I could still love basketball,
But that is impossible
In a city of new pencil skyscrapers
And Carmel Anthony.
I cannot believe Phil Jackson took that job
Without permission to unload him.
The Knicks are currently 5-and-26.
I would have thought with a gunner like Melo
They would at least
* * *
Soccer helps, but it comes at the wrong time of day.
I need to write in the morning.
Still, Boxing Day. I love that name.
Rooney and Stevie Gerrard and even that vile John Terry.
There’ll always be an England --
Maybe into the knockout round of the World Cup.
* * *
My dream (see Tim Rohan’s piece in the Sunday Times)
Is that on the first warm day of spring
I will slip into the vast empty steppes near the food court,
With a mozzarella hero from Mama’s,
In the presence of other hard-core lifer true believers,
Who are not there to take freaking selfies.
Entire sections for each pilgrim,
We separately watch Lagares go back on a fly ball,
(“He’s got it,” I reassure my wife, when we watch at home),
And DeGrom’s hair and arms flap in the spring breeze.
And the two kids strut out of the bullpen,
And earnest Daniel Murphy (the Peepul’s Cherce).
That sustains me
Through the winter of bad teams and ugly new buildings.
12/28/2014 03:18:56 am
"I would have thought with a gunner like Melo
12/28/2014 04:20:50 pm
mike from Whitestone
12/28/2014 05:03:47 am
Seasons Greetings GV & all.
12/28/2014 06:02:08 am
Back from exhausting Caribbean cruise. The walk to the nearest beach and back to the buffet was exhausting. No thoughts of sports except snorkeling. Canadian friends find curling interesting-do you have Cablevision?
12/28/2014 04:14:36 pm
12/29/2014 03:32:45 am
I saw curling in St., Paul 20 years ago....and a bit at the Olympics. Harvey Araton was the king of curling reporters in Almost Heaven, West Nagano, in 1998.
12/29/2014 03:56:35 am
12/29/2014 05:01:28 am
Bruce, that's because you made the NSA remark and somebody said, cut off that cheeky Canadian.
12/29/2014 05:12:24 am
12/29/2014 02:43:54 pm
Thor A. Larsen
12/29/2014 02:44:50 pm
12/30/2014 05:00:44 am
Thor, I read the box scores, and I love the idea of a team in Brooklyn, but there have been exhibits at the Brooklyn Library and Brooklyn Museum since our last run to Brooklyn a few weeks ago....I think I've just heard enough noise in stadiums for one set of eardrums.
12/30/2014 11:27:09 am
About Canadians and hockey. I young, ambitious, MBA was sent to Canada to check out prospects for expansion there. When he returned he was invited to his boss's house for dinner. At dinner the boss quizzed him. "Poor prospects," the MBA said, "theres nobody there but hockey players and hookers." There was a longish silence and the boss said, "My wife is from Canada...."; The young man replied, "Oh yes, what position does she play?"
12/30/2014 11:31:24 am
country seems to change with the times.
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“I don’t think people understand how Covid affects older Americans,” Mr. Caretti said with frustration. “In 2020, there was this all-in-this-together vibe, and it’s been annihilated. People just need to care about other people, man. That’s my soapbox.”
---Vic Caretti, 47, whose father recently died of Covid at 85.
---From an article by Paula Span, who covers old age for the NYT, which currently has 2646 comments, the majority criticizing the American public – and public officials – for acting as if the pandemic is “over.”
Classic wishful thinking, at a lethal level.