This is the greatest time of year to be a sports fan.
In one night, you can watch professional football, baseball, hockey and basketball.
Most days, you can watch college football too. And racing a few times a week.
A sports fan can really go crazy.
And in my college days, I did go crazy. I spent hundreds of hours in front of the TV, sometimes watching three games at a time. (2 TVs and a computer each playing a game.)
But I gave that up a long time ago.
More recently, I have only watched the NFL and the occasional college football game.
Last Thursday night, I watched the San Diego Chargers beat the Denver Broncos.
All three hours of it.
Three hours. (Well, an hour of football and two hours of commercials, if we want to be accurate.)
Three hours of watching people I’ve never met (and likely will never meet) play a game. Something that I have no control over.
Something that has no bearing on my life at all.
But that’s not even the biggest problem. The biggest problem is what I wasn’t doing for those three hours.
- Working Out
Things that I control. That affect my life. That definitely help me and my help other people.
Those things all took a back seat to entertainment.
Don’t get me wrong- entertainment is fine in its place.
But not all the time. Not for an entire Sunday. Or a Saturday and a Sunday. Or a Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
That’s not the way to get ahead.
So I’ve decided to take a month off from watching sports.
Taking the 30-day No Sports Challenge
From October 13 to November 13, I’m eliminating all spectator sports from my life. I’m going to do my part to contribute to the NFL TV ratings decline.
What does this mean?
- No Sports on TV
- No following gametracker on my computer
- No reading sports articles, tweets, or blog posts
- No goo-gle searches for sports scores or news
- Avoiding places where games are on TV (or sitting where I can’t see the TV)
- Sports in Person
- Watching with family and/or friends when NOT watching would result in a missed opportunity to connect and enjoy with them (Social/Family Connection > Time/Productivity Savings)
A complete personal sports blackout. During the best month in sports.
What will I do instead? Probably try living more in real life.
Maybe I’ll work out more.
Something more productive than drooling down my chin in front of the TV.
This is not a protest.
And it’s not a boycott.
This has nothing to do with Colin Kaepernick or any other current event in sports.
This is about me. And an experiment to take back my Sundays. And all the rest of the days.
Time for me to turn off the TV. Go outside. Enjoy the beautiful fall weather.
Or just stay in and read a book to challenge my mind. Write an article or have a conversation.
Join me in this 30-day no sports challenge to reconnect with real life.
(Note: This article was written six days into the 30-day no sports challenge. I’ve already seen some pretty interesting effects which I’ll update in a November post.)