Difficult Transitions

September comes every year.  Each time summer ends, fans struggle to transition between baseball and football season.  I love baseball, but the truth is 162 games is a lot.  By the time September comes, I find myself looking for something a little bit different.  I don’t lose interest in baseball entirely, but my attention shifts noticeably towards football.

This would not be such a bad thing–if the most important and exciting time of the baseball season didn’t begin at nearly the same time as football.  Sure, I’ve enjoyed the summer months of baseball, but those games only positioned the teams for September runs.  Each individual game meant little to the overall playoff picture.  Pennant races heat up right around opening day of the football season and fans have to split their attention between America’s two favorite sports.

This loss of interest in baseball has become exaggerated in recent years as the Internet has taken hold on a new generation of sports fans.  It used to be that devoted baseball fans would commit to three hours of game-listening/watching a night.  Football didn’t impact baseball nearly as much because it was only on once a week.  Now, however, sports fans spend much more time reading about their teams online.  Sure we watch some games when we can, but the majority of my sports knowledge comes from reading the ESPN, Yahoo and Sports Illustrated Web sites in addition to numerous blogs.  The time spent reading about baseball becomes time spent reading about football all too early.

In mid-August, I noticed my news consumption had shifted noticeably from baseball to football.  Whether that is because of football’s reputation as a more exciting sport or because of the timing, I can’t say.

I do know that I would prefer the end of baseball season and beginning of football season to not coincide.  Because the truth is, I am ready for some football.  Unfortunately, baseball is the victim.

Comment below to let us know if you find your baseball fandom wanes when the end-of-season division chases and playoffs begin.  And watch this classic George Carlin clip distinguishing the two sports:

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dave on September 2, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    You’re just losing interest cause the red sox suck

    Reply

  2. Posted by Brittany on September 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    This is a stupid video. Let’s go Mets! Wooooo!

    Reply

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