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Saturday 13 Jul 2024

Sports Fans
Matt Seinberg

People get crazy when their hometown sports teams get into any sort of playoffs. They break out their team t-shirts, hats, sweaters, coats, and even logo clothes for their pets. Personally, I think that’s going a little too far.

Daphne, the cat, would not stand for us putting any sort of any clothing on her, much less anything having to do with sports. She hates watching sports on television, as she thinks it’s too slow and boring.

Before the big game, people got out and do many things; including buying more food than they and their friends could even possibly eat, so there are plenty of yummy leftovers to enjoy for many days to come. Imagine the mountains of pizza, wings, nachos, heroes, hamburgers, hotdogs and BBQ’d anything. Don’t forget the gallons of soda and beer!

The other thing that women and men do is buy a treat, a new big screen television. I’ve discussed this in the past, so loyal fans will know that I enjoy them. How big would you go when buying a new television? According to sales statistics, 47 inches is the most popular size, with 55-inch sets not far behind. Some manufacturers are even offering sets 60 and 70 inches in size! I can only imagine the size of the room that those can go into.

Imagine the ultimate “man cave” that these big screen television’s go into. My dream cave includes a wet bar, power reclining theater seating with cup holders, surround sound and the latest 3D television. Of course, there would be a mini kitchen with a convection microwave, toaster oven, blender, frozen drink maker and a refrigerator. Of course, sports memorabilia scattered around, as well.

Casual sports fans will root for their favorite teams in each sport, but won’t go crazy. Maybe they’ll go to a few games each season and watch games on television when they can, along with eating snacks and drinking their favorite beverages.

The rabid fan will own every sort of t-shirt and jersey of their favorite player or players, buy season tickets with some friends and watch as many games on television as they can, or whatever their significant other will allow.

All rules go out the window when the playoffs happen. It doesn’t matter what sport it is, or how many games are involved. You had better not bother him or her; otherwise, you take the chance of losing a limb.

The big games involve the baseball playoffs and World Series, the Super Bowl, college basketball’s March Madness, and the NBA and NHL Playoffs. Then again, the nutty sports fan will find any sport around the world to watch and cheer for, find a favorite player and create any occasion to throw a party.

How often do we read in the paper, or see on television, the mayors of competing cities making bets with each other for some specialty product? Every time there’s a big game of course! D! Stupid mayors, say Bloomberg, of New York City, and Menino, of Boston.

I readily admit to being a New York sports fan. I like the Mets, Ducks, Knicks, Jets and Giants, and Islanders. They might not win all the time, but it’s nice when they do. Now get me some snacks and something to drink.

Matt Seinberg lives on Long Island, a few minutes east of New York City. He looks at everything around him and notices much. Somewhat less cynical than dyed in the wool New Yorkers, Seinberg believes those who don't see what he does like reading about what he sees and what it means to him. Seinberg columns revel in the silly little things of life and laughter as well as much well-directed anger at inept, foolish public officials. Mostly, Seinberg writes for those who laugh easily at their own foibles as well as those of others.

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