Something occurred to me about sports fans. It's not a geographic thing, at all. Football, foosball, tennis, whatever, we humans, in general, like sports.
A couple of times I’d made snarky commentary about Football and the Great States of Texas and Oklahoma, where god and football compete, like, pretty regularly, both doing their thing on the weekend and all, and while OK never had its own Professional Football team like Texas, and Texas once upon a time had the Best Professional Football money could buy, collegiate football in both those places is pretty holy, too.
But it was a guy not in to sports who’s lived in China for quite some time, and he was trying to get it, the football thing. Inquiring. I was being snarky.
But thing is, as I think about it, there are no more insane sports fanatics in the world than in the Greater (Greater, by god, than most places) Boston Metropolitan (so metro) area. They got the Sox, they got the Pats, the got the Celts, and they got the by god Bruins. Bostonians (and therefore Nashuans) take their sports deadly seriously.
And they do not, ever, root for any team other that the Sox, the Pats, the Celts, and the by god Bruins. And don’t even mention that baseball team from New York. Do not wear that hat. Folks up here, well, they’re more often Catholics than good Southern Baptists, but same thing, although here it’s not just football, god and Sports, Professional Sports, those colleges around here are mostly for eggheads, not Sports, those Professional Sports teams are to be worshipped, and they do indeed take it very, very seriously.
Deadly. People get murdered over sports arguments.
Oddly, it’s a different vibe than Texas, or Oklahoma. Things are friendlier down there, at least when it comes to sports.
My niece is an over the top sports fan, and her state (not TX nor OK nor MA) is doing great this year, I totally get from whence she gets it, her daddy, but thing is, she’s a really good sport. And I myself, just over the top loved, and loved, that year, it was 2001, that that oh so special team, so young that team, those Diamondbacks, that they just kicked the ass of that team from New York.