16 September 2012

Sports Sunday #1: What to Expect

I’m a bit of a walking contradiction. I’m a sports-obsessed librarian. On every job interview I’ve ever been on, the interviewer is generally more fascinated by my coaching experience than my plan to incorporate 21st century learning into the school’s curriculum. So I thought if my love of sports bleeds so well into my professional life, it might be something that translates well onto this blog, especially since my first novel is sports themed…

So here we go, the first of my “Sports Sunday” posts…

I can’t imagine you’d be reading my blog unless you love a good story. I’ve met most of you because of our shared love of stories. That’s exactly what I love about sports. There is inherent narrative to all sports that pulls me in every time. I could be watching a game in which I have no rooting interest – say the Kansas City Royals are facing down the Minnesota Twins – and I would choose a team I want to win based on the score or a particular player or even if the starting pitcher’s wife just had a baby. There’s a story in every game and those stories create the overarching plot of a season.

Sports stories – the great ones – resonate with all audiences not just sports fans. Look at the success of A League of their Own, a movie telling the story of female baseball players during World War II:

Or one of the finest television shows to ever grace our airwaves, the story of the Dillon Panther’s football team in Friday Night Lights:

And so, I plan to bring you the best sports stories I can find, the real life kind, every week. 

Sometimes we’ll talk about the the favorites, like my team, 

the New York Yankees:

 And sometimes we’ll talk about the underdogs, like my other team, 
the New York Giants:


And sometimes we’ll talk about the quieter moments, like a love affair between a city and a player… In the 2001 World Series – made famous for far more than just this moment – the Yankees were losing 2-0 in the 9th inning. Their right fielder, Paul O’Neill, a passionate fan favorite was likely going to retire at the end of the season. Regardless of the score Yankee fans wanted to show appreciation for a man who’d earned their respect for nearly a decade.  For an entire half-inning the entire crowd stood on their feet and chanted his name over and over again.

So that’s my first Sports Sunday. What do you guys think? 

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