No Sporting Chance

15 May

Braves_onfireIt is the spring of my sporting discontent. The Atlanta Hawks got swept in the postseason for the second year in a row by LeBron & Company, and my rebuilding Braves are buried in last place. In fact, as mid-May approached the baseball club had the seventh most wins… ON ITS HOME FIELD!

To top off the sporting depression, my favorite player and fellow alum, Tim Duncan, may have just played the last game of his stellar 19-year career with the San Antonio Spurs…

You might say that I’m carrying a lot of emotional sports baggage:

  • My college football team hasn’t had a winning season since I became a father. (My oldest daughter turns 8 in the fall.)
  • The Diamond Deacs, my alma mater’s baseball team, haven’t made the NCAA tournament since 2007 despite our coach – no lie – donating a kidney to one of his players. Come on, karma!
  • My basketball program, which produced the likes of Duncan and Chris Paul, has gone 75-115 (.395) since 2010 when it fired a coach with a .663 winning percentage.

Hmm, maybe this is the reason my wife let me get a kegerator?!?

I take solace in my daughters’ smiles, long walks (no, not on short piers!) and the occasional relaxed round of golf. And when things seem too bleak, I tell myself: At least I didn’t have a North Carolina Tar Heel April!

They got a name for the winners in the world

I want a name when I lose

They call Alabama the Crimson Tide

Call me Deacon Blues.

— Steely Dan

 

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4 Responses to “No Sporting Chance”

  1. RF May 16, 2016 at 9:04 am #

    While the last 4.7 seconds of the “Tar Heel April” were pretty bad, all things considered, we had a great run in basketball. Even some of our Spring sports are still going strong!

    • bleeveblog May 16, 2016 at 9:09 am #

      Indeed, Judge. As you read in those bullet points (bullets to my gold & now mostly black heart!) at least you’re measuring misery in seconds not years!

  2. Carl Beck May 16, 2016 at 9:43 am #

    Wake Forest tennis is where it’s at right now! It’s not too late to get on the bandwagon!

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