A season for every sport

To everything there is a season.

When Pete Seeger wrote that iconic line -made famous in a 1965 hit by The Byrds-he wasn’t referring to sports.

But it certainly applies.

As summer approaches, our attention will virtually be focused on one sport -baseball.

It long has been referred to as our national pastime. It’s played by The Boys of Summer, whose goal each season is to make it to the World Series, also known as the Fall Classic.

Baseball is an untimed event. There’s no clock. No shot clock. No reason at all to keep time.

Attend a well-pitched game by a pitcher who works fast like Mark Buehrle of the Toronto Blue Jays and you can be leaving the stadium in two hours. Go to a slugfest where both teams run out of pitchers and you easily will more than double that time commitment.

Baseball is a thinking man’s game. The more you understand it, the more you enjoy it. That’s true of many things in life, but it particularly applies to baseball.

Once fall arrives, it’s football season.

Even most baseball die-hards have figured out that football has surpassed baseball as America’s sport, at virtually every level from high school to the National Football League. There’s no bigger one day sports event conducted on an annual basis than our Super Bowl.

Plus, in states like West Virginia that can’t support a professional franchise, there’s nothing bigger than a home football game at the state’s flagship university.

Then comes winter, where outdoor activities are limited and basketball takes over. Basketball was invented in America and remains a sport where no other country can equal the talent and the system we have in place.

Perhaps the most exciting event of the year is March Madness, the 68-team NCAA basketball tournament that decides the national championship. Virtually every adult fills out a bracket in hopes of winning an office pool or at least bragging rights until the next March Madness rolls around.

Then, there are the sports that last virtually all year long.

Golf cleverly has started its season in Hawaii, Arizona and the other warm places where one comfortably can play in January. Hardly a weekend goes by there’s not golf to watch on TV. Ditto for tennis, which moves indoors when the weather gets too nasty.

But the biggest year-round sport is one played by virtually every sports fan. That is the speculation game.

We love to talk about who is going to win, which player is going to have a great game, which coach is on the chopping block, etc.

Sports is one of several subjects -like religion and politics -where virtually every person has an opinion and isn’t afraid to discuss it.

Yes, to everything and every sport there is indeed a season. And if you don’t like it, just say this column was for The Byrds.

Contact Dave Poe at dpoe@newsandsentinel.com