Finally… we are now living in a football time where it truly is do or die. Finals football is here and there is no better location to be than inside my head. I love it that teams can no longer rest of the back of ‘there being a next week’ because for some there is none. Just the promise of another “mad Monday’ evening and the idea of watching other teams play ‘real’ football.
Much to the dismay of The Editor April is my favourite sporting month. NHL is in Stanley Cup mode, NBA is gearing towards playoff time, Champions league is nearing the finals stage and NRL is starting to get whiff of State of Origin about it. This all means there is less time for me to be a good boyfriend and more time spent watching my Foxtel IQ. It’s terrible to be a partner at this time especially when your significant other is obsessed with sports like I am…the only problem with April in 2012 is that the NBA and NHL have been so captivating – the NRL is very boring in comparison. Which brings us to the point of this article and the reason I haven’t written anything at all since the start of this month.
Heart break is a funny thing. I mean we’ve all got a story that could define a heart breaking moment for us. Sometimes these things are gone in a day and others stay with you for what feels like an eternity. In the sporting realm heartbreak comes in many shapes and forms. It could be an injury to a key player or it could be that crushing defeat from a formidable rival. Maybe thats why we all love sport so much…in sport we all bear witness to the same heart wrenching stories and its something that can be shared. That being said though Sporting Heartache can be cured using a simple 5 word remedy…”there is always next season”.
The ‘Off Season Chronicles’ continues with a thoughtful letter to Santa Claus
Well Santa I think you’ve got some explaining to do for your efforts this year. Now let’s be honest you really didn’t fulfil many of the wishes I had for the 2011 season, did you? Oh sure you did grant me my annual ‘please let the Roosters be below us on the table’ request and ‘please help us to defeat Parramatta at any opportunity’ and for those I’m very thankful. Big thanks also for the stocking fillers of ‘Shaun Johnsons no bones side step’ and the ‘I’m-sure-it-was-a-knock-on try that Benji Marshall’ scored in the finals against St George, those were great, but what about all those things on my list that I didn’t receive?