*********************All across New England tonight, thousands of households will be glued to their TVs watching a sports event unfold (and no, Jeni, it isn't Penn State football!). Tonight is the first game of the World Series between the Colorado Rockies and the Boston Red Sox.
Even though I live in Connecticut and am surrounded by BoSox fans, I'm not one of those who is going to be watching the game as I just have no interest in the whole thing. I find televised baseball to be one of the most boring things ever to watch and there are just too many other things to do that don't include watching seven guys stand around a field while three others (the pitcher, the catcher, and the batter) do most of the work. If this makes me unAmerican then so be it!
Long ago I used to watch the Red Sox regularly and I still remember with rather vivid clarity their loss to the Cincinnati Reds in the 1975 World Series. I have hated Pete Rose ever since. Then there was the heartbreaking loss to the New York Mets in the 1986 World Series for which the entire debacle was unfairly blamed on Bill Buckner when he made an error in fielding.
When the Sox swept the Cardinals in the 2004 World Series and finally ended the dreaded "Curse of the Bambino" I was actually rather amazed. I had become so used to the team coming so close to winning and then blowing it that I had truly expected them to do it yet again. I was happy for them to finally have a win under their belt but do I expect them to triumph over the Colorado Rockies this time and become World Champions once again? No - I don't.
I don't because I think that the Rockies want it more and I also think the Rockies have a much more impressive record. I can't quote the stats (like I said, I'm not a fan) but I know the Rockies have a better record than the Sox do and this is their very first time in the World Series. You know those guys are going to try above and beyond to bring that trophy home to Colorado because who doesn't want to win the whole enchilada their first time out?
At any rate, I don't believe I will be watching a single game myself but I can guarantee you that a lot of people will. Baseball is, after all, America's sport. Along with football. Oh, and NASCAR, too.