As usual, I’m sure things were very quiet in my absence.
Watching and following Boston sports from 3000 miles away might actually be the best way to do it.
The games are finished earlier, there’s no idiotic post-game hotsportztakes and forced worries following uplifting wins, and you’re not tempted to tune into sports radio to hear how they can take the best wins and make them feel like devastating losses.
You just watch the games, read what coverage you want to seek out, maybe text or tweet with friends, and just generally enjoy the experience. The David Ortiz grand slam on Sunday night was easily one of the top five sports moments we’ve had here since 2001, and we’ve had a lot of them. It was a moment where you knew the odds were infinitesimally small that the game could be tied up on one swing, that the odds instead favored an inning-ending out, and yet, you also just knew that Ortiz was going to do something big. You knew it. Everyone knew it. Then it happened.
It’s why we watch sports.
Looking through my emails and catching up on the message board, I see that yes, the usual suspects have done their best to try and elicit concern, panic, conspiracy (If anyone actually thinks Belichick was trying to shame Rob Gronkowski into playing by giving him the black jersey for being the practice player of the week last week – when the team faced Jimmy Graham – they need to have their head examined.) and outrage over the current state of affairs.
I think its pretty pathetic, but apparently people like it, and tune in for it, so clearly, I’m the weird one.
A couple of sports media links from today:
Tim McCarver not quite ready for retirement– The headline to Chad Finn’s media column today might send a shiver down the spine of Red Sox fans, but the FOX analyst is still stepping down at the end of the season.
Tom Caron the before and after look of Red Sox playoffs – Bill Doyle has the NESN studio host busier than ever these days with the Sox in the postseason.