Watching sports on TV has certainly evolved over the years. HD changed the game, ticket sales to pro and college sports have declined over the years as people would rather stay home and watch the game on their super, HD, 3D, smarter than you TV. Even with all of today’s technology, there is still nothing like going to watch a sporting event live. It’s difficult to create the atmosphere of a live sporting event in your living room, no matter how many friends you invite over to watch the game. Somehow, even though you have to take out a loan to get one, beer at a baseball game just tastes different from one that you get out of your fridge. And it’s certainly more difficult to get a “nacho helmet” from your kitchen.
This week we share information about Bundesliga with an all-new Pick Em, ponder how anyone can be a Patriots fan, discuss why cheerleading is a sport, praise the rare dinosaur mascot, and critique a spruce beer that includes just the tips.
Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day of honor and reflection on a man who did so much for the country and the world. This gave me the opportunity to watch a movie I have been wanting to see for quite some time; Race. The story of Jesse Owens and his rise to fame in the track and field world from a collegiate runner at Ohio State to a gold medal winner and the struggles he endured getting to and competing at the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympic Games. What he was able to accomplish; 4 gold medals in the ’36 games, was unheard of at the time, not to mention the fact that the United States participation in the games that year was under heavy scrutiny. In sports, we are taught; not one person is bigger than the game, even if Owens had not run in the ’36 games, the world would have still gone through dramatic changes and entered into war.
However, seeing a black American runner win multiple gold medals would be something that could not be ignored, even though many tried their hardest to do so. I know we live in a completely different time, but do we? I know the calendar says 2017, but from what we see in the news and continue to witness is something that I believe Dr. King would be saddened by. Sports, however, allows all of us to play on a neutral playing field. Regardless of gender, race, religion, etc. each person/team has to adhere to the same rules that are set before them for that sport. Not only does it allow us so many opportunities to better ourselves, but we also get to travel, meet new people and experience new cultures and places. As Owens battled the German broad jump champion Carl ‘Luz’ Long, it didn’t matter that Owens was black and from the United States and that Long was a white man from Nazi Germany. The tape measure was the same for all that competed and at the end of the day, Owens came out on top.
What sports can teach us, just like the late Dr. King tried to teach, is that we are all equal. The tape measure of life doesn’t stretch one way for one person and another way for another, we are all measured by that same tape measure. To quote Dr. King “The Ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Owens could have stayed home and not competed in the ’36 games, but by doing so he took a stance and made history. I challenge all of us to take a stand to be the change, because we are all in this together.
If everything you know about hockey came from the Mighty Ducks, we have just the show for you! We have a super special GBS Pick Em with women’s college ice hockey. Episode 44 is packed with information about the end of fantasy football season, noisy (and quiet) college basketball fans, our predictions for 2017, our thoughts on cucumber beer and chiscuits, as well as that hard-hitting mascot coverage you’ve come to expect. We also lament the end of college football season tonight. Give us a listen and tell your friends! #gbspodcast#wedowhatwewant
Are you in a slump over the holiday hang over? Didn’t get that one thing you were after? Was it a watch? A personalize bobble head? Or perhaps a Finrod’s Festive Wear holiday sweater? You can always live your dream vicariously though this list of the Bowl Game Gifts. Just don’t get greedy.
If you don’t get that inside joke you can always listen to some of our older episodes, but suffice it to say that not all the beverages the GBS ladies enjoy on the podcast are winners. Flavors are often a hard thing to put your finger on and not everyone’s pallet is the same making describing beer a tricky business. While one person might be off-put by the heavy maple and acrid smoke of Woodchuck’s Campfire Pancake another might find it a deliciously sweet, smokey treat. That person would be wrong. But we don’t judge here so enjoy your wrong-tasting beer. 😉