So, I’m a fan of professional sports. Seriously. And by fan, I mean I am wearing my Oakland Athletic’s pitcher warm-up sweatshirt as I write while the Golden State Warrior flag flies in the driveway.
Note: The San Francisco 49er flag is, sadly, gathering dust as we speak.
And I know stuff about professional sports, such as I understand the infield fly rule and I can recognize traveling in the NBA (although the refs clearly cannot).
Note: I am definitely a fan of TEAMS, however. I don’t sit and watch the Knickerbockers play the Sixers. And don’t get me started on the San Francisco Giants.
But now Oleander has asked me to discuss the pros and cons of baseball and basketball and in the process, perhaps, choose a favorite?
Let’s be clear. I am a past season-ticket holder of the A’s. And by past, I mean you can only watch your team lose live and in person so many times. But how I love a baseball game! The crack of the bat! The smell of hotdogs! The roar of the crowd!
But, Steph Curry, my neighbor, and his cohorts are absolutely chewing and spatting the competition. The timing of the alley-oop! The thrill of the dunk! The swish of the 3-pointer!
Note: I use the term neighbor somewhat loosely, but not really. I mean, we don’t live next door to each other, but I drive by his house everyday.
Additional Note: Not in a creepy, stalkerish way, although I do check to see if the lights are on and if the Currys are home.
Additional Note to the Note: That does sound stalkerish.
Because I am a fan of both sports, my decision comes down, really, to a few things:
- How much time do I have to devote to a ballgame?
- Are we winning?
- How do the players look in their uniforms?
Basketball games are shorter. But they are noisier. The squeaky shoes can put my nerves on edge. Baseball games can take forever. But you can clean the house, mow the lawn and crochet an afghan, in its entirety, while you watch.
I will forever love my Oakland Athletics, win or lose. But winning is more fun. And the Warriors? What the what?
Perhaps it comes down, then, to aesthetics.
And body parts.
Note: Yes, I just said that.
Are you a bum person? Or do biceps curl your toes?
Allow me to present a few exhibits, for
my your viewing pleasure.
PRESENTING … THE BUMS
Baseball clearly wins the war of the bums.
Note: I can see why bum-whacking is a thing in baseball. Who can resist that, really?
Basketball, however, definitely has its virtues.
PRESENTING … THE BICEPS
Frankly, I’m stumped.
Perhaps someday a genius will combine the two uniforms to create the ultimate sport.
But for now, let’s just play ball!
Okay, Oleander: I’ve been wanting to hear your “visionary” thoughts about your dog’s visual impairment, to put it lightly. (Animal Lovers: I, in no way mean to demean or demoralize the visually-impaired animal community or its supporters, probably.)