by liberal japonicus
One area that has never really gotten much love here is sports. According to my rather spotty memory, back in the distant past, Sebastian talked about his volleyball playing, and Slarti talked a bit about competitive swimming, which isn't really a sport so much as a freakish ability of some people (I kid, I keeed!) Eric shows up from time to time with Yankee talk and there is a Red Sox contingent lurking, but those seem more lifestyle issues than having anything to do with sports. And I have memories of some commenters who talked a bit about sports (at the risk of offending others, I have memories of the commenter bedtime for bonzo, whose handle was related to a pet rather than a slight at Reagan, trying to start some discussion of NFL football) And I find there was a Super Bowl open thread for the Saints and the Colts. But I don't think we've never really much sports here (though readers are encouraged to go thru the archives to prove me wrong). Hence this open thread.
One reason why that may be is that we are an eclectic bunch here, and, while there is a US focus, ObWi lacks a particular national identity. Crooked Timber often has rugby and cricket, (the latter sport fascinates me because the notion of sledging, not because I don't think trash talk doesn't happen in US sports, but because you have pretty jaw-dropping sledging incidents that seem to be common knowledge among fans). There's the fantasy baseball league over at LGM, and that the name of John Cole's cat is Tunch speaks volumes (though John Cole's admirable broad-mindedness is exemplified by getting Randy Paul to talk about soccer née football).
I always think that it is fortunate that I left the US right after college, because had I not, I would be one of those sports fanatics (not that there's anything wrong with that). That love of factoids and anecdotes still remains, but was probably channelled into other kinds of trivia. It's also interesting that in some sense, that sports mentality has entered into our political discourse, for better or worse, with <a href="http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/">Nate Silver</a> taking his sabermetrics to politics, and Keith Olbermann counting down and Gregg Easterbrook writing about politics. Like I said, better or worse.
So, your weekend open thread. It doesn't have to be about sports, but it doesn't not have to be about sports. Play ball (but play nice)!