Bleeding Red: Surviving the dog days of summer

Basketball and football are done
Now what will I do for fun?
What did my mother used to say?
Why don’t you go outside and play

ST. GEORGE – Football will always be my first love. Basketball is a close second. With college hoops done, and spring football concluded, I am at a loss. Both programs show significant promise for the coming seasons, but I have to get through the dog days of summer first.

The irony is that now, more than ever, there is an abundance of sports that are played year-round. Perhaps an overabundance.

Both baseball and softball are in full swing on the hill and elsewhere. I know, I know, baseball is America’s pastime. Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. Of all the sports I played growing up, I was probably the best at baseball. However, I got bored playing baseball and I can barely bear to watch it.

The Pac-12 Men’s Golf Championship is underway in Los Angeles. While I truly wish the Utah contingent all the best, unless Tiger Woods is in the hunt in the last round, I won’t be following it myself.

Men’s and women’s tennis will be playing out throughout the month of May. I must admit that I found John McEnroe’s rants entertaining. Perhaps tennis is just too refined of a game for me.

Track and field has fully transitioned from indoor to outdoor and is in full swing. Every four years I love to watch hours upon hours of coverage of the Olympic track and field events. In the meantime, just give me the highlights on SportsCenter.

I am an attorney by trade. More to the point, I am a transactional attorney who focuses mainly on real estate and business transactions. I get involved in litigation when necessary. I avoid it when I can. In contrast, some lawyers I know love litigation. Sending them into court is like throwing raw meat to a dog – they love it!

Sports are the same way. While I truly love some sports, other sports can hold my attention at times, and some sports I can do without.

Now don’t get me wrong, each and every sport has its place in the overall tapestry of athletics. Just as I am truly grateful that some attorneys actually like litigation so I can engage in it as little as possible, I am also truly grateful that there are fans for all sports even if I have limited loyalty myself.

Whether it is hockey, lacrosse, soccer or any one of the very many sports, there is something for everyone to enjoy, even though every sport is not necessarily for everyone. As for me and my house, we will just have to wait out the summer until the fall.

When I used to mope around the house during the summer growing up, my mother had an easy cure – she’d kick me out the back door and tell me to go play. That still sounds like good advice to me.


Dwayne Vance is a sports commentator. The opinions stated in this article are his and not representative of St. George News.

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