Some people love professional football (American or the other kind), basketball, hockey and/or baseball. Translation… love = go batsh*t crazy for. They plunge into a deep and wide valley of depression when the season is over. The Internet provides a critical, possibly life saving service to these diehard (translation… diehard = batsh*t crazy) fans. They‘re able to connect with other like-minded (translation… like-minded = batsh*t crazy) fans via email, message boards and social media. They can immerse themselves into an alternate reality, like a 14 year old with World of Warcraft, that appears to decrease the anxiety of the wait until the start of new season. My husband is one of these types. I’m thankful. It keeps him off the streets.
Some people live for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and the chance to relieve Warren Buffett of (say it like Dr. Evil) “one billion dollars” with their bracket selections. This year I got ten correct picks out of a possible sixty three. Banner year for me.
Some people have been in a state of ultimate bliss since the World Cup started on June 12th. The “every four year” type of event allows for forty seven months of depression and hysteria-building. That’s pretty special.
I watched the USA vs. Belgium match last week at a very crowded, hot, stinky bar. I’m on the wagon, was at least 15 years older than the next oldest person there, had to stand up the entire game crammed up against a very large sweaty man who was drunk, and the USA lost. It pretty much sucked for me. I did win $36 in an idiot proof random pool though. That notched me up to being okay with it all…
Add Wimbledon (OMG) into the mix and some people out there have been chain smoking since Sunday they’re so positively orgasmic.
But honestly, none of the above can even remotely compare to the greatest sporting event in the entire universe which started last Saturday. I see heads nodding out there in total agreement…
The Tour de France! Ta da!
(cue cricket sounds…)
No really – it is! Everyday for three weeks in July, I’m glued to the TV set for 5 to 6 hours starting at 6:30 AM or so to be able to watch it live. It’s way better when you watch it live. Except for the commercials. You get really tired of the same seven commercials after three weeks.
Of course I DVR the entire thing as well. You never know when you might need to revisit a particularly interesting section of cobbles that caused three cyclists to brake their collar bones. Or see moronic, idiotic fans get mowed down again while trying to take selfies in the middle of the road with their backs to 200 charging cyclists. It’s all great fun!
My son’s to blame. He became interested in cycling as a hobby during the late 2000’s and was smitten. Instead of a daughter-in-law, I have three-bikes-in-law – road, time trial and mountain. And two grandkittens. I think that’s going to be it from him.
He started watching the Tour de France right before he took up cycling. It inspired him. I started watching it with him for a little “mother-son” bonding time. But it all seemed a bit silly – grown men riding bikes trying to beat each other to Paris over three weeks. It would have taken them a lot less time to get there if they had taken a direct route, but they went all over kingdom come to finally end up in Paris. What was up with that? I did, however, love the breathtaking scenery on many of the stages and those fit young men in their little biking shorts. Hey – I’m old, not dead! Aging gracefully my ass…
Over the course of the next two years, I learned the real skinny about professional cycling. The Tour de France (and other similar cycling races) is an athletic symphony blending world class talent, strength, skill, courage, daring, strategy, dedication and intelligence in the perfect song of sport. I’m not biased. Really.
Expect to hear more from me on this in the next three weeks.
Cycling = Best. Sport. Ever.
Yeah – I’m batsh*t crazy.