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Sports Appreciation Day!

Posted on: August 13, 2008 1:00 pm

What is Sports Appreciation Day? To understand the what, you need to know about the why -- starting with an Onion headline from last July: Barry Bonds home-run scandal somehow becomes feel-good sports story of summer.

When I first saw that, I had to laugh -- because if I didn't, I would've cried. Barry Bonds' march into history was, though under the cloud of steroid suspicion, tame compared to other stories from the summer of 2007.

Referee Tim Donaghy pleaded guilty in a gambling case, casting doubt on the validity of NBA wins and losses. Michael Vick admitted in federal court that he bankrolled a dogfighting ring. Pacman Jones' odyssey of incarceration included being charged in connection with a strip club melee that ended in a hail of gunfire.

Pro wrestler Chris Benoit killed his wife and son, then hanged himself. During Week 1 of the NFL season, Bills tight end Kevin Everett sustained a spinal cord injury. The fact that he would walk again made the image of his motionless body no less terrifying.

During this time, perhaps you asked yourself, Why did I ever like sports in the first place? I know I did.

That takes care of the why. As for the what -- S.A.D. is therapy. One year removed from a nauseating summer, it's a way of validating -- or simply justifying -- our love for sports by going back to where it all began.

Therapy can be helped along by a good support group. Ours is great: 13 columnists, numerous staffers from, six CBS broadcasters, and four professional athletes... and you. Many of you. Let the healing begin!

-- Lyle Crouse, Assistant Managing Editor

Everyone got that?

Basically, we're putting together a series of real-life stories about becoming fans. Pick the sport or team that you love most, and write a blog about how it all started. The best entries will be featured on Sports Appreciation Day (Aug. 20). Blogs should be a minimum of 400 words. Here's an example of what we're looking for. When you're done, please post the link here.

I've promised everyone here a great response from the Community, so thanks for helping out!

- Joe

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2008 12:38 am

Sports Appreciation Day!

The best entries will be featured on Sports Appreciation Day (Aug. 20). Was this ever done? I was on vacation last week and I can't find anything that posts any winners anywhere.

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2008 1:13 am

Sports Appreciation Day!

Sports Appreciation Day!


Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2008 12:35 am

Sports Appreciation Day!

This is a fantastic forum. Lots of great stories have been shared, and I have enjoyed reading each of them. Below you will find mine. Hope I made the deadline, Joe!      
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The Bong Show
Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2008 7:59 am
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Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2008 1:54 pm

Sports Appreciation Day!

I am a huge sports junkie.  I have never found a better avenue to witness human drama.  The sheer joy of the Miracle on Ice to the utter suicidal deflation of the ball going through Buckner's legs.  The investing of your emotions unconditionally to a team is on par with a marriage or a religious commitment.  My first time was in 1978.  I was an 8 year old Yankee fan.  I had laid out all my Yankee baseball cards on the floor in front of our T.V.  My uncles and my father sat around me with a nervous energy I had never witnessed before.  As the Yankees fell behind I was overcome by the situation and started to cry.  My father sat me on his Knee and explained that when you love a team you love them unconditionally.  That means even when they lose.  I understood .  He told me to remember how many games they had won to catch Boston and set up this playoff game.  He said that the sadness I felt now would be replaced with a tremendous happiness when they would win.  As I tried to come to grips with this,  Bucky Dent strode to the plate.  That Mike Torrez pitch is frozen in my mind.  It was one of those slow-motion moments in your life.  My Dad and uncles jumping around  on sofas screaming and yelling like children. My mom and aunts coming into the room and joining in.  That transition from sorrow to unbridled joy that my Dad had just spoke of , I was feeling for the first time.  It was the greatest feeling I had ever experienced.  I jumped into my Dad's arms and he smiled at me with an understanding that him and his little boy had just shared an amazing experience together.  My Dad taught me to love my teams no matter what.  There have been many forgettable seasons ,many tears.  But for moments like Bucky Dent  it's all been woth it.  It's just like the saying " It's better to have lost and loved than never to have loved at all".

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2008 6:50 am

Sports Appreciation Day!

My thoughts on why I grew up loving baseball.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2008 2:46 pm

Sports Appreciation Day!

If anyone else is planning on posting a blog, please try to do so by the end of the weekend.


- Joe

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2008 2:45 pm

Sports Appreciation Day!

Definitely a great story Pitt. I was a card junkie myself when I was younger. Actually, I still have a stockpile of around 30,000. (Yeah, I was addicted...) Every quarter I had went to candy or cards, and most of the time, I couldn't resist opening a new pack of cards. Besides, I could keep those forever, and I have.

I'd probably still be buying them if they didn't cost $5 a pack now... and you only get like six cards!

It's a pity... In my opinion, baseball is the greatest sport on earth, but unfortunately, it seems bound and determined to drive away the next generation of fans. No kids collect cards now... they can't afford to.  Everybody had cards when I was a kid, and we were able to go to the store and buy them ourselves. We would all get together afterwards with our shoeboxes and albums, trying our best to make trades for the guys we needed. Not only was it fun, but it gave you a greater appreciation for the game, because it was a way to get to know all the players in the league, especially the ones you didn't get to see every day.

I do miss that "opening the pack" feeling, though. It's a good thing my wife usually tosses a one in my stocking at Christmas... just enough of a fix to get me through the year!

Thanks for the blog,

- Joe

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2008 10:55 am

Sports Appreciation Day!


I have enjoyed many of your stories, I hope that you will enjoy mine

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2008 10:42 am

Sports Appreciation Day!

I appreciate the affirmation Joe...I do love my huskers and the post was all true. Go Bo!!!

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