The sports world gives us many lexicons, sports talk is its own language(s). Each sport prefers to cross over and use other sports terms coincidentally or in a nod to acknowledge that there is no better thing said from what’s been said before. It then finds a home in normal conversation.
Why work so hard at creating new lexicons and sayings when you can find it in the sports world.
The words “race of truth” come from my favorite sport, the cycling world. It depicts the time trial “race”. It’s just you against the clock, all alone, ass on the bike seat. No mile markers, cheering fans or trailing support staff. The clock doesn’t lie. You alone on a lonely winding road, pedaling fast careful not to cut corners close.
Switch hats to other sport sayings and you’ll find how the lexicon adapts, like, “there is no crying in baseball” from the movie A League of Their Own. Every dad, coach and parent has used this saying at one time or another – to toughen up that whinny child or that wet eyed defiant team player.
How about “the game is not over till the fat lady sings” given to us from the basketball world about playing the game(s) to its ultimate conclusion. Taken from a coaches’ view during an opera he/she can’t wait to leave the auditorium until that “fat lady” comes on stage to sing.
Then there is that “Hail Mary pass” from football made famous by a 39-yard forward desperation pass to the endzone from Roger Staubach to Drew Pearson (Dallas Cowboys) with seconds on the clock left and a fervent fandom prays for a miracle winning catch with the game in the balance.
My personal favorite saying comes from the boxing world.
Mike Tyson constantly asked by reporters and friends about “what’s going to happen” about an upcoming title defense fight. Tyson responded with “everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”. Years later Tyson would help define what he meant. In reality it was about how you react to adversity that defines you, not the adversity itself. “How much can you endure, buddy?” he said, “Most talkers, they can’t handle it.”
It’s been over three months since the last blog. Purposely it was delayed until this late in October 2020.
A patchwork of state and local regulations still impacts the restaurant business. Federal and state funding once provided months earlier to these small businesses has dried up. At this point, help seems like waiting for the cavalry to come to the rescue in the time of COVID. All their horses seem to be still in the corral. And you wonder why the stock market reacts badly.
The sporting world found the wherewithal to stage events. A few leagues as mentioned in an earlier blog had seasons that were just getting under way.
Golf pulled off the US Open at Winged Foot, LI NY on the same weekend that the Tour de France crowned a new champion in Paris after Stage 21 on September 20, 2020.
Twenty-one-year-old Tadej Pogecar (Slovenia) bested fellow countryman Primoz Roglic to take the Tour de France’s Yellow Jersey in the desolation of vacant streets along the Champs-Elysees. The “race of truth” time trial won by Pogecar the day before Paris secured his Yellow Jersey.
Twenty-seven-year-old Bryson DeChambeau, took the US Open with a 3 under par 67, the only under par golfer to be champion with an under par finish on the last day. Only 600 member volunteers and broadcast personnel were on hand all weekend to view this historic event.
What made these two events emblematic of the year 2020 was in essence the lack of crowds and lack of viewing venues in restaurants, bars, clubhouses across the spectrum. Yes, there were masked “crazy” cycling fans along the mountainside stage roads in France and voyeurs from fairway homesites that lined the Winged Foot and other TPC and PGA venues. But both were lacking that fan spontaneity so accustomed to these sporting events.
Simultaneously, restaurants and bars were dealing with the start of NFL and NCAA (college) football seasons. Their venues were limited in most states to 50% or less occupancy. Outdoor seating and flat screen TV’s flickering in the distance does not mimic crowded bars of team face painted fandoms.
Heck, sport venues fared a little better – limited to fan picture cutouts, family and friends who were granted tickets and sports photographers all fighting for empty seating space in 80,000 plus seated venues.
Some would conclude that a pandemic ruined Bdubb (Buffalo Wild Wings) weekends. I’ll call it the Bdubb effect.
Sports leagues, like the NBA and NFL were taking the heat for low TV ratings because some of our US Senate leaders would like to blame them. Blame them that is for: 1) insulting their fans and 2) by turning every game into a left-wing political lecture. Some league owners took that type of thinking rational as weaponizing the ratings and rightfully objected.
Sports Media Watch reported (as reported in the Washington Post, 10-18-2020) viewership for the US Open was down by 42%, the Kentucky Derby down 43%, the Stanley Cup finals by 61%. The World Series data awaits tonight’s Game 6. Only the PGA Championship and PGA Tour showed positive upticks in viewership.
Hey, maybe that was a result of many Americans renewing a love for golf and used courses to exercise. The 19th hole(s) was just not as popular as craft beers on picnic tables in the middle of former cornfields being preferred after a round of golf.
Ah, the Bdubb effect.
Is it just an oversupply of premium simultaneous sporting events? A new social law? Perhaps it can be attributed to Sir Isaac Walton, or gee maybe include it in the MatchLIDProject laws of Organic Viral Resonance – let’s call it the Bdubb Reverberation.
As outlined back in the blog of June 9, 2020 under Bending the Intersection – the laws of Organic Viral Resonance were defined. Sadly, the Bdubb Reverberation just doesn’t qualify. It is just a law of supply and demand – too much TV sports to view and too little time to safely enjoy the weather outdoors with family.
So why did the MatchLIDProject wait till now to write this blog – well it was in hope of a pandemic solution (an awaking) and to see how America progressed during these 3 months. Basically, I posed the oversupply question and response for sports back on June 11 at this URL
It does not matter the readers political persuasion, sports and restaurant/bars are linked in our American DNA at this point of the 21st Century. It’s the glue that holds both of these to our hearts.
The view on the other side of the pandemic may look like it did back in 2019 – but our favorite bars and restaurants may no longer be a hangout or be like they once were.
Yes, we will buy tickets in friendly venues, cheer our favorite teams on the weekends from Bdubbs, recall the good times and the bad as well. We will belly up to the restaurant bar or maybe flip on the Roku switch to our favorite streaming app or perhaps just buy a craft beer to sip in the middle of a former cornfield as we watch on a smartphone.
But we will have changed – and thus await those new lexicons.
Till then let’s go back to the tried and true.
Because it is a “race of truth” for conquering the pandemic, its who can point us safely on a route to a finish against the clock.
For “there is no crying in baseball” to get beyond the fatigue and to toughen up for the next inning.
No matter how long we sit or stand in line with our masks on the “fat lady still has to sing.”
Hoping and wishing for that “Hail Mary pass” vaccine sometimes it works and sometimes not. Be not afraid of taking the chance at that pass.
You need a plan because “everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” For it can happen and you need to react positively to the adversity.