I noticed the news Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. Six more weeks of winter is the dire prediction if this occurs.
Being from Pennsylvania myself, and a fan of the movie “Groundhog Day” I have to believe Phil is correct, just like I am most of the time. In the movie, Bill Murray plays Phil Connors a TV weatherman who has to repeat covering Groundhog Day over and over again. Connors comes up with some wacky ways to spend his time but eventually just wants to get out of there.
So we’ll have six weeks of winter sports weather we never had in the first place, kind of like reliving the last six weeks all over again. I could deal with that, but I don’t know about having to repeat watching some basketball games over and over again. Sometimes you can’t help thinking that’s two hours of my life I’ll never get back. On a positive note, it’s my job and who likes every day at work? Maybe Bill Murray, but who knows?
There’s only so much basketball one sports writer can take and then it’s on to spring sports like baseball. I’ve gotten my first hint there’s sunnier days on the horizon besides from a groundhog. But first, don’t get me wrong I like basketball, but everything in moderation.
You might think the film “Groundhog Day” is a bit of nonsense no one cares about, but you would be wrong. In 2006, the film was added to the United States National Film Registry as being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” That said, I don’t think I would want to sit through it for six months straight.
I’ve actually received copies of schedules for baseball, softball track and tennis. That was enough to send me out to the store for sunflower seeds. Are you still allowed to spit the seeds out at the baseball game? In any case, hopefully we’re all in for a kinder, gentler rest of winter we’re expecting more of. I actually rolled the windows down the other day. It was 74 degrees out.
You have to watch out for the wind chill during spring sports I’ve noticed. If you go to a baseball game in spring it’s much like dressing for going to work this winter weather whether you wear shorts or a big coat and mittens.
One thing my “Baseball for Dummies” doesn’t cover is what’s the best uniform for the sports reporter. It’s much easier when you’re on the team and you have a dress code.
Since it’s not covered in any of my sports for dummies manuals, I guess I’ll just stick with dressing in layers and putting a hat and gloves in the car. That way I can’t go wrong.