I’m not a sports spectator. The only sporting events I care to watch are ones in which my children are actively playing. Otherwise I largely choose ignorance on the topic. I understand the basic rules of most major sports, and I am usually at least somewhat fuzzily cognizant of which major sports season is underway. But I can’t generally tell you what teams play, let alone tell you anything about the players and coaches. Occasionally, however, society’s general interest is so great that it is impossible to avoid some sports matters.
I used to fool myself into thinking that I enjoyed watching the grand spectacle of the Olympics, but my habits belie the truth. During the two weeks that the Olympics are broadcast I rarely dedicate more than a few fleeting minutes to watching coverage or even paying attention to it through other media outlets. When guys at work talk about “The Game,” I usually don’t have a clue what they’re referring to.
I am told that the Super Bowl was played out yesterday. I have been told who won, who lost, and what the score was, but that information holds so little value for me that I have forgotten it already. For me, yesterday was an average Sunday.
My family has implemented policies and patterns over the years that we hope are designed to help us comply with the Lord’s commandment to keep the Sabbath day holy (Exodus 20:8). Some Sundays we’re more successful at it than other Sundays. We have our downfalls, to be sure, but sports entertainment is not part of our family’s Sundays.
To be honest, since major sports is not important to me or my wife, we have very little temptation to indulge in sports on Sunday (or any other day, for that matter). One of my fellow computer nerds confided in me that he would rather be run over by a hay rake than spend five hours watching football coverage. I concur. My temptations lie in other areas. So while many people are suffering from post-season football withdrawal syndrome, life goes on normally for me.
I’m not lecturing about how you should manage your Sundays. That’s between you and your God. For those of you that are Mormon, you’re probably as aware as I am of the counsel that has repeatedly been given regarding Sabbath worship. I do believe that making an active effort to make the Sabbath a truly sacred day will bring eternally valuable blessings. How do you go about doing that? Give it some thought — and effort. It’ll be worth it.