Rip City: More Than a Game

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Rip City: More Than a Game

To me sports have always been more than a game. It has been something I could watch or play and just get away from the real world struggles. At a young age I took on a love for sports to get closer to my brother and father.

I remember at a young age sitting there watching them play Techmo Super Bowl on the Saga Genesis. I didn’t know much about football at the time but I wanted to get in on the fun and that’s when I really started paying attention to the game more and getting into it.

As I got older my love for sports grew. I loved going to all my brothers basketball and football games. I got embarrassed at times because my dad was always one of those people who would yell at refs when they blew an “easy call.”

I was never the kid to go hang out with friends at games, I was always right there watching with my dad.

We went to a few pro games when we got the chance. I still remember him picking me up at a Lions game because every time Barry would break one off everyone would stand up which obstructed my view.

Soon I was old enough to hold good conversations or arguments about sports. I looked forward to every weekend because I knew we be watching Michigan and then our Lions together. We watched just about every game, every year together.

For as long as I can remember the Lions have pretty much been mediocre but for some reason they always had a special place in our heart. The term there is always next year was thrown around a lot here.

I can remember so many stories he use to tell me. I think his favorite player ever in any sport was Mark “The Bird” Fidrych. He use to be a pitcher for the Tigers back in the last 70’s. He had one of the best rookie years going 19-9 with a 2.34 ERA. He was probably better known for his antics on the mound though. My dad always use to tell me how he talked to the ball and everything else.

After my Dad passed I realized a few things. I love sports and all but I’m not as big of a fan as I thought I was. I still watch my hometown teams but I don’t watch many other games like I use to. I realized it wasn’t all about the game, but about spending time with my dad and talking.

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