Sport in America: Our Defining Stories

sport in americaWe don’t talk about sports too often here at MWTVG because there are plenty of places you can go if you want sports news. You come here to see what we think about TV. That doesn’t mean that sports is not important to me or the others here at MWTVG. There are times when I feel it’s appropriate for the two worlds to collide which would allow us to talk a bit about sports. HBO has a special running right now that brings these worlds together. Our love of TV and our love of sports. The special is Sport in America: Our Defining Stories and if you are a fan of sports even in the tiniest bit, you simply have to watch this show.Sport in America: Our Defining Stories looks at the impact that sports has had on our lives by talking to people about their fondest sports memories and how the events that they witnessed impacted their lives.

There are stories covering the Boston Celtics championships of the 1950 all the way up to the bombing at the Boston Marathon. The brilliance of this show is that it doesn’t just look at your typical sporting memories. It’s not just talking about baseball, football, and basketball memories. The producers get stories from people on a wide variety of sports from a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds. Here is the trailer for the show:

 

As a life long sports fan, I was riveted by each of the stories being told. I watched Sport in America: Our Defining Stories once earlier in the day today and was incredibly moved. I recorded it and watched it a 2nd time later that night.

There is a person in the show who makes a comment that if you ask a person what their favorite sports memory is, they will go back to their youth. How true. Few things tie us back to our youth so strongly as sports. For most of us, sports are something that we watched and played when we were young. At no other time in your life could you devote the time to sports that we had when we were 12.

It’s the reason why as adults we can follow our teams and even have a pretty good to very good idea of everything about the team but no way can we begin to approach the knowledge our 12 year old selves had about our favorite teams and players. How many adults can tell you Derek Jeter’s lifetime batting average (off the top of their heads, without the use of their phone)? I bet there are thousands of 12 year old Yankee fans who could answer that question without blinking.  I’m 40 years old and to this day I can tell you the starting line up of the ’84 Chicago Cubs along with their pitching rotation and bench players. Sports makes an impact on us in our youth like few other things do.

I was going to tell you all about some of my favorite sports memories but I think I’ll spare you the stories of suffering that I have endured as a Chicago Cubs fan and Chicago sports fan in general. Instead what you should do, if you are a fan of sports, is watch Sport in America: Our Defining Stores on HBO. It was fantastic getting to relive the events covered in the show through the eyes of those who witnessed it and I guarantee that it will make you think of your own favorite sports memories. That alone is worth it if you ask me.