I must have been serious about not watching any NBA, MLB or NFL games. Like many millions of fans across the country, I’m not alone in my actions. Ratings are at an all-time low from what I understand.
There are much bigger fish for me to be concerned about other than highly paid jocks making their social justice statements on the court or field.
It’s their right to do so, but it’s equally my right not to watch.
Like I’ve said before in this space, the only reason I’ve ever watched any sport is to be entertained, to escape, or to back “my team” … and there is no “my team” in the NBA, MLB or NFL for this scribe, and there hasn’t been one since the Magic Johnson/Larry Bird era in the NBA, or the Luv Ya Blue Houston Oiler craze way back in the days of Bum Phillips.
Call me un-American, but I’ve never liked watching baseball. I must admit, however, I did watch a lot of the Astros’ now-tainted World Series against some other MLB team a couple years back right after Hurricane Harvey. That fits snuggly into watching sports to escape.
I love college football, and will continue to love that game until the time it becomes something I no longer recognize as true competition with real heart.
Unfortunately, I think that day is coming, probably sooner than later.
As I was writing this column I asked by young reporter, Steven Smith, who stays glued to his phone, for a quick update about the NBA, MLB, or NFL.
Here’s what I learned.
Did you know the Lakers just won the NBA Championship in front of a large cardboard crowd? I had no clue who was in the playoffs.
Also, in case you’re interested, there are some MLB teams in the playoffs, or whatever it’s called, so I guess the World Series is right around the corner. I have spent 60 years on this earth, so I have learned October is a big month for baseball. Do they have real people at the games, or do they also play in front of cardboard cutouts and piped in sound?
On the NFL front, Texas’ two teams (I think it’s still only the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans), reportedly are pretty crappy, sporting losing records so far this year.
College football is where it’s at for me. Some pundits are even saying my Aggies have a chance of slipping into the playoffs, so of course, I have to say to myself, “So, you’re saying there’s still a chance?” If one is an Aggie football fan, he or she knows Aggies live on hope! I think we may actually still have a chance (at least before we play our next game). It could happen. After all, when was the last time the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns weren’t ranked as they find themselves this week?
For the first time in 30-plus years I didn’t request and receive by sideline photo pass for Texas A&M home football games.
Everywhere I go these days things are “different”, and going to an Aggie football game is not something I really want to experience at 25% masked capacity.
This is a strange year in college football, with all the behavioral mandates imposed, as the gods figure out the politically, oops, I mean the medically correct precautions to take due to COVID-19.
Things will have to be back to normal the next time I go to an Aggie football game. At least that’s one thing I can more or less control. I’m tired of everything being different than it was at the beginning of this year.
I take the virus seriously, but not all the political shenanigans, which dictate our collective responses like lab rats.
Until next week, have a good week, and please vote “YES” on all three Propositions on the ballot.
Very few people can buy a car or home without a loan. Why do we think our government entities can do the equivalent (buy a big ticket item) without borrowing money? Why should we pass up this opportunity to fund debt at historically low interest rates, and discounted costs due to grants and insurance proceeds?
Buying less than what’s needed for our future is equivalent to buying a motorcycle as the “family car” because its cheaper … knowing your wife, who is currently your only passenger … is expecting your first child … or even twins.
If someone offered you a car or a house, at a huge discount at a ridiculously low interest rate … and then they threw in cash back at the close of sale, would you say, “No thank you, I’ll wait until interest rates rise, the product costs more, and the rebate program has expired.”
Think long term.
That’s what smart money does.
In the long run, everyone wins.
Mike Probst can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.