Hello there, new readers of SportMuse.
This post, and a couple of the subsequent ones, initially appeared on my personal blog. I write a lot of stuff over there, and I plan on continuing to do so when the inspiration hits. But I’ve decided to move all my writing about sports over to this new home. Chris and I have a lot of big plans for this, and his launch here should help indicate what our initial focus is going to be.
So I hope you stick around and see all the stuff we have planned.
I’ve decided that it’s time for a new sport fandom in my life. Baseball, something that I have been a casual fan of for most of my life, just isn’t all that interesting to me anymore. I never got into hockey, and I don’t have plans to do so. The NFL is still super huge, but the concussion stuff and other issues surrounding the league have also dampened my enthusiasm. The NBA is still fun to watch – and I look forward to seeing what the Jazz can accomplish this year in the shadow of the Golden State Warriors – but regular season basketball is a long slog for the most part and things only matter come playoff time, in which the Warriors will run roughshod over everyone and win the third title in four years.
So I’ve decided that it’s time to get interested in the other football. I could make it easy and get fully invested in our local MLS team Real Salt Lake. They’ve even had some success, winning the MLS Cup in 2009 and having some second place finishes in other Cups along the way. But MLS is still not quite a top flight league when compared to the rest of the world, with “premiere” players only coming to the United States at the end of long careers in Europe after their peak earning potential has run out.