Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Perks of Being a Sports Babe

[And now I present to you the lovely merc3069 from BookBitten so show her some love!]

As everyone knows, Dorkys is a Phillies fan ;-), so I know she can relate to the joys of being a hot sports babe.

I grew up the eldest daughter of a Puerto Rican father, so baseball and boxing ruled in my house, followed closely by basketball. One of my favorite father/daughter moments was staying up late to watch Bill Laimbeer brawl his way to victory. When I started dating, knowing about sports became both a blessing and a curse; what guy in his right mind could date a girl who knew more stats than he did? Then again, a good number of them were intrigued-maybe the real turn off was that I had the mouth of a sailor...? My first love ended partially because he couldn't keep up with who was in the baseball playoffs--great guy, decent kisser, zero interest in sports. I hear he is now a political wonk--go figure....

As I got older, my horizon expanded to football, both pro and college. (I still draw the line at NASCAR--I know enough to keep up with Sports Center, but really, when did turning left become a sport?)

My husband is an obsessive football and boxing fan. They say you marry your dad, right? There used to be a great radio talk show with a woman who was called the Sports Babe. I am waiting for Sirius to call me up, hell, I even come complete with DD's and husky voice.....

Recommended Reading

Holly Robinson Peete wrote a great football book for women called Get Your Own Damn Beer, I'm Watching the Game!: A Woman's Guide to Loving Pro Football.

Read all about the famous Sports Babe, Nanci Donnellan in The Babe in Boyland.

[And for you wannabe baseball fans out there, you definitely need to check out Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks. Mr. First bought it for me last year and I actually learned tons from it without passing out from boredom! Score!]

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  1. Great guest blogger post. I'm with you on the sports gig - my hub's friends call our house after a great game to chat...but they don't call for him! LOL He knows sports, but he's not "into" it like I am. He's either there in person or else he'll be in the other room watching "Entourage".

  2. Baseball RULES in my house. But, alas, it is the only sport I watch. I do know alot about the other sports, I just prefer baseball.

    All my sports knowledge came from my mother.

  3. Yay. I didn't know you were into sports! ESPN is on 24/7 in our house but Basketball is my favorite.

    Great Guest Post!

  4. Not a big fan but great post Merc!
    I'd feel compelled to make more of an effort when guest blogging, you sound so relaxed.

    Hi Dorkys -- you've made a really big effort on the guest blogging marlarky, I'm in awe.


  5. I love Baseball too. Its a great sport!

  6. I've loved sports for oh about 30 years now. It started in the late 70's with Pro Football, watching Dallas and Pittsburgh battle it out.

    Then when I moved to Chicago, my mom of all people got into the Cubs, watching the game every day on WGN. Since then, I've been a Cubbies fan.

    About 1996 or so, I worked with a gal who had met Dale Earnhardt Sr. and was a HUGE Nascar fan. Of course, I had to check it out. I still watch it religiously, in fact I have Sunday's race in Phoenix recorded that I have to watch yet tonight.

    I grew up listening to the Iowa Hawkeyes play football on the radio every Saturday, so catch them whenever they are on tv here (which isn't often).

    I was a huge basketball fan, Da Bulls, when Michael Jordan was playing. But now it's just a bunch of showoffs, getting paid lots of money to play street ball in an arena. No thanks.

    I think most guys are a little weirded out by how much I like sports.


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