Sentimental About Sports

Here are two nice little nuggest for you.

This Rick Reilly story explains why a Texas football coach told parents to root for the opposing team.  Weird, I know, but it’s a touching story and gives me hope that there are Coach Eric Taylors out there, not that many of you would know who Coach Taylor is.

This second piece comes from local sports personality Bob Sturm, who was nice enough to link to this blog more than once.  In one of his more recent posts, he perfectly describes what it means to be a die hard sports fan in a fatherly advice sort of way.  Perhaps it will help the ladies understand their men a little bit more, and it’s one of the better sports pieces I have ever read.

As I was leaving a frigid Texas Stadium after the game, I was walking right behind a Dad and his boy. The boy must have been 7 or 8 years old and was crying about the result. Some people might roll their eyes, but I knew how the boy felt. When you are young, and you love a sports team, you believe the games and the seasons will all have the happy endings of the Disney movies that you watch. Guess what, son, if you are going to pledge allegiance to a team as it appears you have with the Dallas Cowboys, I want to welcome you to the fellowship of the die-hards. Understand, that once you do, you are not allowed out of this commitment, and you should also understand that most seasons are going to end in tears. A favorite team is the only thing a male human feels the same about when he is 5 and when he is 45 and when he is 75. You will change your mind on everything else. Girls, money, hobbies. But, you will always still feel the adrenaline rush of a win, and the gutting sadness of a horrible loss. I didn’t say anything to the boy, as his Dad was handling it (and he might not have welcomed my advice) but I felt for him. Welcome to sports, young man. Someday, you may live to see a championship or five, but most years will end with your guts spilling onto the floor.


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4 Responses to Sentimental About Sports

  1. Vickie says:

    RE: Gainesville game…I love reading stories like this one. My kids have experienced the same sort of life lesson as they’ve played against GSS for many many years. Almost every Christian school opposing GSS provides some sort of encouragement, meal, Bibles, etc. We’ve even had a few parents sit on the GSS side during a homecoming game. But this story of a concerted effort by the coach to leave a lasting impression and a glimpse of Christ’s love is amazing. Merry Christmas everyone!

  2. Greg says:

    1. what’s a nuggest?

    b. calling people on typos on the interweb is my favorite holiday pasttime. it also makes me lame.


    IV. i love making lists.

    5. very much looking forward to the 2009 chapter of BON!

    f. where are my pants?

    8. i saw a headline that said “the recession that stole christmas”, which made me think, christmas isn’t about stuff, it’s about joy and love and togetherness and reflection on what is important in life, then i thought, wait, this is america, we trample store workers to death to save 3 dollars on easy bake ovens. then i cried.

    q. as you can see, ‘working’ on christmas eve has me quite motivated

    75. happy holidays kiddies 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  4. Kaleb says:

    I was lucky enough to be coached by Coach Hogan, and what a good coach/person he was.

    Second, I wore my cowboys hat today to let everyone know that I am still a fan. But in all honesty, it is best when it is on my head so that I can not see the star and feel the same pain as yesterday.

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