Monday, December 7, 2009

Monday Morning Quarterback

I learned a long time ago that I'm not cut out for sports. My throws are awkward and if you yell at me to catch something, I'm much more likely to duck instead. In other words, you don't want me on your team.

But something strange happened when I took a biology class in high school. If we reported the score of the previous night's Cleveland Indians baseball game on our quizzes, we could earn extra credit. (This seems much stranger to me now than it did at the time!) By checking that little box score every day, I became a baseball follower. And I quickly transferred that to our home team, the Cincinnati Reds. I learned stats, abbreviations, records. Soon, my competitive nature took over. While I couldn't throw to save my life, I could do it vicariously through Barry Larkin. Hal Morris. Jason LaRue.

Cincinnati is a wonderful sports town, full of passionate and dedicated fans. From the Bearcats to the Bengals to the Reds, the success of our teams lifts the spirits of an entire city; it certainly lifts mine.



george rede said...

Nice little anecdote. I see your Bearcats will play the big, bad Gators in a BCS Bowl. I'll be rooting for your team.

Ohio State vs. Oregon? Now that's another matter entirely.

August said...

You can bet that a number of us in southern Ohio will be rooting for Oregon, too! Unless you're an Ohio State grad, most Cincinnatians don't care for the Buckeyes :)