While the blades won’t hit the ice till early October, the nights of pure baseball on SportsCenter are about over. For me, that’s good enough for now. Sure, we had the Olympics distracting us for a few weeks, but football is what we’ve all been waiting for, right? This Thursday begins the 08-09 season, and as the baseball season comes to a finale (the best part mind you), most sports fans eagerly await what Favre will do with the Jets, how the Cowboys hype will pan out, and who’s going to shock us all.
Statistically speaking, July and August are fairly slow “Sports Months”, after the NBA and NHL crown their champions, and baseball passes it’s honeymoon stages following an April start. Tiger is gone for the year…and that hurts a little. Federer lost his #1 spot to Nadal…but that can make for some good drama. If you think about it (in this day and age), is there ever really an off-season? Can we still call Mid June to late August slow sports months anymore?
Most of us have the sports world at our fingertips. Sound too cliche? Name a phone that doesn’t allow you access to the scores of your favorite team. It’s no longer the “Big 4” of Football, Baseball, Basketball, and Hockey. Poker, X Games, and NASCAR are staples on the ESPN website, and have entire stations/broadcasts available for their fans. Down time?…it’s a thing of the past. If you like sport (not just sports), and enjoy competition, you can find it anytime in forms you never thought possible. From arm-wrestling to beach volleyball, and bowling to cycling, it’s there for the viewing.
For those of us who choose to write off a few of these previously mentioned sports as games/hobbies/activities, I guess we’ll always have the “down months” when we wait for the next season to start. But the landscape has changed, as the media, youth, and technology have created a new audience of sports fans. It’s also created more sports programming than ever before. 2am…and you can’t sleep? Read the ticker to find everything you missed and then some. While the die-hards wait for football to finally get started, others have been getting their fill with various other competitions that do the same thing…separate the best from the not-so-best, and give us a little bit of real life drama we so desperately seek.