What or who in the sporting world are you thankful for?
We’ll go a little lighter this Wednesday. Or maybe we’ll get deep and thoughtful. I guess it all depends on where you people want to take it.
The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest bar days in the country. I am not exactly sure why, but it’s an excuse to drink on a Wednesday evening, I guess.
I am thinking this bar won’t be jammed, though, since many stop by here to get away from work for a few minutes. But, let’s face it, half of America doesn’t show up for work on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
Still, Connolly’s doors are open now (though they’ll close Thursday and re-open Friday morning for Prediction Friday.)
And I want to know what (or who) in the sporting world you are thankful for this year.
Maybe you are thankful that the baseball season is over, so you don’t have to watch the Orioles lose again.
Maybe you are thankful that college basketball has started up, giving you a little bit of hope for a cold winter and spring.
Maybe you are thankful that the Ravens are in the Cleveland Browns division.
I’m going to get sappy for a second here. I am thankful that sports – no matter the heartbreak it continually delivers – will occasionally offer that moment of redemption or triumph that is nearly impossible to receive anywhere else.
Case in point: With three minutes left in his final game of the season, my 10-year-old son scored the first goal of his five-year soccer career on Saturday. The goal tied the game and two minutes later his teammate scored to seal the win. And my son finally felt what it was like to score a goal in a game after all those years of practices and drills.
He may never score one again. But it doesn’t matter. That was his moment. And I was there to share it (actually, I had to fill in as the referee and couldn’t show any emotion initially when the ball hit the net. Later, Alex was asked about my reaction and he said, “He smiled a little with his mouth, but his eyes were smiling really big.”)
So I guess I am thankful that I could witness such a cool sporting moment for my son.
And now I am hopeful you guys have much funnier, less sappy responses to share.
Daily Think Special: What in the sporting world are you thankful for?