Missing Sports? 10 Ways To Get Your Sports Fill

By Elena Cortesi on May 14 2020 in Entertainment

Sports are on a break, but you can keep your fandom alive. Photo by Andre Hunter on Unsplash
Sports are on a break, but you can keep your fandom alive. Photo by Andre Hunter on Unsplash
  • Cherry Pit Spitting is a Competitive Sport.
  • The NCAA, MLB, NBA, and NHL have suspended all games until further notice as a direct result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) will not be playing at all for its regular 2020 season.

There is an infinite number of losses that everyone is experiencing right now while living through the COVID-19 pandemic. For sports fans, these are very tough times since all major sports are at a complete standstill. However, there are many ways to fill the void in the interim until things are back up and running again.

10. Watch Your Favorite Game

Relive the magic of past games. Photo by Ryan on Unsplash

Most Sports Networks are continuously showing highlights and past games for sports fans. Although it is not quite the same as watching a game "live," it allows fans to reminisce, relive some historic moments, and to still feel connected to their favorite sports. These games also allow us to see the progress of the sport through history and learn some things from previous seasons. It is also a great way to share our love of sports with the rest of the family by watching a game whenever you feel like it. It is very easy to search for and find a game at any time, day, or night.

9. Get Outdoors and Practice Your Sport

Grab the basketball and go out to shoot some hoops, but maintain social distancing. Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

It is very important while self-isolating to stay active and exercise daily. Grabbing that soccer ball, hockey stick, volleyball, or baseball and heading outdoors with the family will allow you to get your daily exercise while practicing some of your skills. This will give you the perfect opportunity to act out a famous play, show off your skills to the family, and perhaps relive your youth while playing a sport you love.

8. Find a New Sport to Watch

The NBA and NHL are shut down, but you can still enjoy obscure sports like cherry pit spitting. www.heraldextra.com

Sports Networks are not only showing the big-ticket and more mainstream sports, but they are also showcasing some more obscure events as well. Have you ever heard of cherry pit spitting? Well, it is actually a thing and has been around for 46 years. And what about the Sign Spinning Championships? This annual event hosted in Las Vegas has been around officially for 12 years and includes participants from over 50 cities and several countries. This is your chance to learn about new and entertaining sports that you may have never discovered in ordinary times. 

7. Dive into History

Brush up on your sports trivia during the lockdown. www.actionnetwork.com

This is your opportunity to really get to know your favorite sport. The Internet allows you to do a ton of research on your favorite sports, players, and games throughout history. Really get to know the history and the origin of the sport, something you may have never done before. This will not only make you more knowledgeable, but it will help you gain insight and a deeper appreciation and love of the game. 

6. Watch a Movie About Your Sport

You can always watch some classic sports movies during self-isolation. YouTube

"Field of Dreams", "Rudy", and "Tin Cup" are just a few of the sport movie classics that you can enjoy. Have each family member do their research and select a movie that you can all enjoy as a family every week. Make it a Friday night ritual that you can enjoy collectively. It will not only be a great event that you can all enjoy together, but it will also give the family a Hollywood perspective of some of your favorite sports.  

5. Teach Your Kids Some Skills

Now is the time to teach your children sports fundementals. Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

This is the time to connect with your inner coach! Grab the kids, grab your stuff, and head outside for some sports lessons. Teach your kids how to swing that bat, kick that ball, or catch that pass. Sharing your knowledge and showing your stuff with your family is a fun and interactive way to keep your favorite sports alive and kicking.

4. Learn to Play Something New

Now is the perfect time to learn a new sport. Photo by Court Cook on Unsplash

Have you ever thought about taking up golf, tennis, or maybe basketball? There are so many "how-to" instructional videos available today online and getting equipment ordered and shipped to your door has never been simpler. Being in self-isolation definitely does not mean you have to stay idle indoors and sulk about not being able to watch the big game. This is your chance to learn a new skill or two and stay physically active while doing it. 

3. Create and Play a Sports Trivia Game with Your Loved Ones

Organzing a sports trivia night with your family is a great way to pass the time. Photo by Sabri Tuzcu on Unsplash

Who doesn't love game night? There are many simple trivia games that you can create and play as a family. Create teams, get the competitive juices flowing, and make it fun and inventive. Have prizes for the winner, have some music playing in the background ... make it a family fun night that will educate as well.  

2. Buy Some Sports Memorabilia

If you have some extra money you can shop for some sports memorabilia. westcoastauthentic.com

There are so many different items available to purchase online that are sports-related. Maybe it is time to buy that signed football jersey you have been eyeing for years or that portrait of your favorite basketball team during a historical championship game. The great benefit of buying some of these commemorative items is that they are typically associated with a charitable foundation so you can feel good about shopping and helping others in the process.

1. Stay up to Date With What's Coming Next

ESPN is still a great source for news. Photo by TJ Dragotta on Unsplash

All the major sports networks like ESPN are constantly posting updates on what is happening during these uncertain times. You can read about how the Coronavirus has affected the various franchises and teams and also get the latest updates from experts as to predictions of what will happen next. Staying connected and staying in the know with all the information available to us in real-time keeps us all informed 24-7. The time will come when sports will resume and all will be well in the world again. Stay positive, stay connected, and stay informed.

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