Just prior to the NCAA championship game, my wife shared an e-mail with me. It was from a mutual friend, congratulating her on surviving another tournament with her basketball-obsessed husband.
I reminded her that it was just in time for the start of the baseball season.
"There's no break?" she asked in an exasperated tone. I shook my head with a sense of satisfaction.
She began her diatribe, "You watch sports every day. There aren't any days for me. Can't we just have a few days without sports?"
As our discussion continued, I agreed to find five days that I would promise to refrain from allowing sports to infringe on our lives.
So, after careful consideration, I present my gift to my wife: The five days that I promise to give up sports.
Day One: The Wednesday after MLB All-Star Game
This was the easy choice. The absolute deadest day in sports. My love, I give you, July 15.
Day Two: President's Day
The day after the NBA All-Star game is a slow sports day. This past year, it featured six NHL matchups and only two meaningful college basketball games. In this case, I would have missed a much anticipated Pitt/UConn game, but some sacrifices must be made.
Plus, let's face it, I probably owe you for Valentine's Day. As my second day, I give you the third Monday of February, President's Day (Feb. 15, 2010).
Day Three: Christmas Day
It's not just because it's a holiday. It really is a slow sports day as well. That is, unless it's a Sunday and there are NFL games to be played. The next time that will happen is 2011. Until then, I'll give up the NBA doubleheader, and as my Christmas gift to my wife, there will be no sports under the Christmas tree.
Day Four: The Day after Thanksgiving
Now, this truly is a bit of a sacrifice. There are some decent college football games to be seen, and the preseason NIT is in effect. But, there are no playoffs, and it's early enough in the NBA and NHL season that I can miss a day.
So, with a full belly, and full heart, I give you Nov. 27.
Day Five: Your Birthday
Now, this is love. My wife's birthday is Oct. 11, so there are a number of important events that could be happening.
There's certainly an MLB playoff game, and if her birthday happens to fall on a Saturday or Sunday, then there's college football or NFL games to be had.
However, it's always been my belief that everyone should be treated like royalty on their birthday.
So here it is, my ultimate gift to you, on your birthday. My fifth day without sports. The bad news is that this year it does fall on a Sunday. The good news is it won't fall on a weekend again until 2014.