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107 days to go – A simple question…

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Firstly, an update on how the ‘I’m trying to avoid Super Bowl results for as long as possible’ quest is going!

It’s funny what has happened since I hit ‘Publish’ on the last post – the running diary on missing the Super Bowl. I almost immediately came ‘acropper’ (Is that a real word? Two words?! Who can tell…) in trying not to find out anything.

When looking for images to include in that post, even after wisely deciding not to search for images under ‘Super Bowl’ or ‘Patriots’, hence the rather bland images used in the last post … no offence, Jarrad McVeigh, I was almost caught out.

Clicking on one of the sites on my ‘Favourites’ bar in Chrome, I accidentally hit the ‘Grantland’ site (site not linked here in case of similar mistake) and had to quickly turn my head while trying to shut down the tab. Try it, it’s not easy!

I then headed to our staff room, where 352 newspapers* were lying about (* approximate numbers) which I’m sure contained numerous little images or headlines telling me the scores. Keeping my head down and therefore seeming somewhat non-communicado seemed the best way to travel.

The true and unexpected test came last night when I bumped into a great group of secondary school students who I get along with. One, with no idea of this journey, smiled and said, ‘Did you see the Super Bowl?’ which was hastily followed by me throwing out several disclaimers, even while others joined in with phrases such as, ‘What? You’ve avoided any news so far!?’

And then there’s the comment from my good, soon to be ex-mate Craig on this very blog, whose cryptic remark regarding ‘coaches’ and ‘even breaks’ has had me pushing thoughts about the game out of my head to varying levels of success. Buddy, you’re not helping!

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A simple question

I had a friend pose me a question the other day – ‘What are you looking forward to watching when May 24 ticks around?’ I initially responded with, ‘Oh heaps, there’s a list!’

And then I started to go through it.

Ebbing and flowing

It’s funny how this journey ebbs and flows.

2 weeks ago, I would have put myself at my lowest point, enthusiasm-wise, for this social experiment. The Patriots had just made the Super Bowl and I’d come off the back of a lot of down time, too much time, in fact, to successfully avoid reading various articles relating to sport.

It didn’t happen a lot, but truthfully, possibly too often for the sake of the integrity of this ‘no sport’ journey.

The Lakers - how are they going?? You tell me!

The cricket was genuinely interesting, the NBA season was in full swing, Kobe was on fire and I was seeing none of it, and it was just past the 8 month mark of the year without sport – long enough to really feel it, but not close enough to be able to genuinely look forward to its conclusion on May 24.

A turning tide

And then the tide turned. For people who have asked me about this, one of my encouragements for them as they consider their own crutches is notto do it half-baked. If you’re going to drop a distraction from your day-to-day, do it all guns blazing. Whether it be tv, shopping for clothes or Facebook, to name just 3, you need to go all out and avoid situations where your good intentions can be compromised.

Ironically, since I’ve been back at work and avoiding all information relating to the Super Bowl, and therefore sport in general, things have started to look up. I haven’t dabbled, put myself in situations where I’d find out information and have been genuinely busy with work.

Back to the list

So, when the question was asked of me, I keenly began listing what I was going to sit down and enjoy once the end of May arrives – ‘The AFL Grand Final, the NBA Finals of course, and, um…’

‘Um.’

Honestly, I was looking forward to crafting the blog in mid-May – providing I can think and type coherently with our first baby due on the 16th – about all the different events I couldn’t wait to catch up on. I’d probably rank my top 10 and get readers to give their own thoughts…

And look I still might do it – there’d be some robust discussions and disagreements I’m sure, but after those first 2 obvious ones on the list, I was stuck for the rest…

‘Oh yeah, well, the Super Bowl…’

It’s funny the events and moments that seem significant at the time, that as time ticks by, just don’t quite hold the same allure. From Cadel’s Tour win, Stosur’s US Open victory, Warner’s century to Clarke’s 329, they’re big in the moment but quickly become yesterday’s news. As Hawthorn and St Kilda legend Allan Jeans liked to remind his players, ‘Today’s news is the wrapping paper for tomorrow’s fish and chips.’ Apt.

Football, fish & chips, the man knew it all...

About time

It’s nice to be in a good place with 107 days to go. Although I did miss the event of being at my mate’s house to watch the big game on Monday night, there’ll be others, and they’ll be around soon.

A re-focus towards the kids in my class, neighbours, dog walks, recrafting the house inside and out, weekend trips, making a book of my European travels on Blurb and the 6th book of Harry Potter have all combined to set up the final 100 day stretch.

Finally, I even dreamt last night that a workmate let it slip that the Patriots won.

A broken media ban in your sleep – that’d be something…

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About petek8

Pete Evans has just finished going 12 months without watching any sport. The journey stemmed from a sense that the balance was out-of-whack with my time and my priorities. Everything seemed to revolve around creating enough time and space to fit in the last game, games, recap shows or space to surf the net for the latest numbers and analysis. The cycle never ends - one season leads into another, seasons overlap if you follow various sports and the media's insatiable appetite for a new 'story' means that even the greatest of achievements aren't heralded for more than 3 days. So I stepped away from the machine for awhile and intentionally engaging with the journey by writing about it.

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  1. I’ve not heard a thing about the Superbowl and I’m not even trying to avoid it. Whats going on Evans, why is it so hard, are you surrounding yourself with sports stars and sports journo’s? Who are you hanging out with these days?

    Oh no….you’re not watching mainstream news are you??

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