Beat The Basketball Blues
Guest Post by Hollie M. Woods
Basketball season. When it’s here WOW! When it’s gone OWW! In my home, growing up as a Chicagoan and the daughter of a basketball coach we enjoyed the traditional four seasons each year, but there was also a fifth – basketball. Basketball season lasted one-half of the year and was highly celebrated during the months of spring.
Now that I’m older, whenever springtime rolls around and sportscasters start talking about “March Madness” and “Bracketology” and “Final Four” I get a bit weepy. Actually, it has little to do with the wins or losses. For me, the beginning of the spring season simply signals the near ending of my favorite season of all – basketball.
Often, I’ve wondered if it’s just me or whether other fans also experienced a letdown in the springtime or whenever their favorite sports seasons came to an end. I posed the question to an old friend (Debbie) from high school when I bumped into her last year. Incidentally, Debbie has two beautiful children and a wonderful husband. Surely, I thought she was one who’d be caught up in the hoopla of the season.
I remember her look of incredulity. “Are you kidding me?” Debbie asked. “Spring means that I can finally get control of my main TV again. No more Sunday and Monday night football or basketball!” Debbie doesn’t understand.
Obviously for Debbie, ballgames were an intrusion, encroaching on this busy mom’s preferred (although rare) diet of drama and reality TV. For me, I practically roll out the welcome mat, happily allowing teams access to my living room, albeit a 42” flat screen. After all, they’re like family. I love many of them like cousins and I certainly see them more than my own.
Now that spring has sprung and the waning days of basketball season are upon us, once again I’m developing a case of basketball blues. This year, however, I’ve got a plan to combat them. And, I’m inviting anyone else who experiences basketball blues to follow these three tips along with me.
1. Set your own play date, and stick to it. Whether you’re 22 or 92, play is not just for children. In fact, Dr. Oz says play can make us as much as 8 years younger. So, let’s get back in the game. Recently, playgrounds for adults have been cropping up all over the world – in London, Finland, and Singapore. Until they build one in your neighborhood, just start slowly by playing a few games of Pop-a-Shot at the local Dave & Buster or tennis with your Wii.
2. Couch potatoes unite. Host a viewing party, much like the Superbowl and Oscar night parties. All viewing parties are simply about gathering friends around the TV and enjoying the show. I have a collection of DVDs (and old VHS footage) featuring Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in their glory days with the Bulls. I can’t imagine many basketball fans not wanting to relive those magical moments. But feel free to roll out any old (or new) sports films you can beg, borrow or buy. Then, invite a few
sports-loving family, friends or colleagues over and don’t forget the appetizers, drinks and some decorative sports swag.
3. Select a sports theme and book-it. Some days (and nights) nothing beats a warm bath and a good book. I’ve always been a sucker for a good romance novel and a little sports fiction is especially sweet, but I’m particularly fond of sports team biographies and personal memoirs. This year, the two at the top of my reading list are books that chronicle the 1992 Olympic Dream Team and the history of the San Antonio Spurs. What’s at the top of your summer reading list?
Still can’t beat those basketball blues? Then try a summer sport. Do I hear tennis anyone?
Hollie M. Woods is a five-time award-winning scriptwriter on local and national levels. She is the daughter of a former, championship-winning basketball coach, attending her first basketball game at the age of five, her first NBA game five years later, and within another five years she received three first-place awards for scriptwriting.