You, um, may have noticed that the Olympics are going on right now, so that’s the genesis of this week’s question, in two parts:
- Do you or have you ever read books about the Olympics? About sports in general?
- Fictional ones? Or non-fiction? Or both?
- Do you consider yourself a sports fan? Because, of course, if you’re a rabid fan and read about sports constantly, there’s a logic there; if you hate sports and never read anything sports-related, that, too … but you don’t have to love sports to enjoy a good sports story.
(Or a good sports movie, for that matter. Feel free to expand this into a discussion about “Friday Night Lights” or “The Natural” or whatever…)
I do consider myself a sports fan. I love watching Young Man play lacrosse and soccer and I really enjoy a good baseball game. The Olympics are fun as well when I can wrest the remote away from Mr. Engineer. Since I am a sports watcher and not a sports participator, I think that I find viewing sports more enjoyable than reading about them. I much prefer sports movies to books. Give me Bull Durham any day. Of course, there is a bit more than baseball going on there!