2013-05-17 / Columnists

Slice Of Life

By Beth Hanning

When I was a child and learned how to read, I loved to read everything. I mean EVERYTHING. I remember reading every sign on the Belt Parkway and every storefront, out loud. I do not know how my mother had the patience to put up with me. I was probably about six years old when I asked about the sign in my Aunt Patty-Jo’s basement in Island Park that read, “All American Lover: Not Available During Basketball, Baseball, Football and Hockey Seasons.” I remember being so confused as a child, I ran to the dining room to ask my mother the meaning of the sign. When I asked “Doesn’t that mean they are never available,” all of the adults laughed as my mother tried to explain that the sign was a joke.

At six it was not a joke I understood. At 40, I understand quite well. Sunday is the Sabbath, just not the one I remembered as a child. Most husbands do not only watch the team they are fans of, they watch every other game due to Fantasy Football. I almost did not survive the year my significant other had season tickets to the Jets’ home games. Even he realized it was too much. Well not really, he realized he likes to watch all games and going to the Meadowlands took the whole day. He also started to bartend on Sundays. Then, the last few years we add Thursday games? Sorry Mr. Goodell, football is Sunday and one game on Monday: deal with it.

Just when I realize Sundays are back to normal, it seems NCAA and NBA basketball are right in the heat of action. March Madness is every weekend, starting in the early weeks on Thursday.

This year seems to be pretty interesting. I have not seen this much hockey since, EVER. Every night it is another game. I cannot even keep up with the Rangers and Islanders. I do not dislike hockey, I think it is quite exciting to watch. I just have never followed it religiously. As I write this we are watching Game 7 of the Rangers hockey playoffs. I do not know why, but I think of hockey as a winter spor. Maybe because it is played outside on ice, in very cold states. Is this why it is 49 degrees in the morning? Because the hockey season is not ending? I even looked up online if the hockey lockout caused the season to go later? The answer is no. It just really is a long season.

MLB is a long season and fortunately our New York Yankees make the playoffs almost every year. Since I am a huge Yankees fan I love that we make the post-season, but does the season have to go so long?

Currently the NBA, MLB and NHL are all going on at once. How could a wife survive? Now husbands and sports fans I love sports, it just seems that each season is lasting longer and longer. And games are played later and later at night.

Imagine Aunt Patty-Jo was here to see that men also watch poker on television, wrestling, and almost anything else they can bet on or have a pool.

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