The late, great Johnny Cash sang a song called “Man in Black.” In that song he sings: “I wear the black, for those who have never read.” I hear that song and think that maybe that is why I write; so maybe I can provide something, for someone, somewhere who has never read. I can be that first inspirational piece of writing they will ever read. They will quite obviously continue on to something by King, Carver, Faulkner or someone else great and mine will lose that inspirational side, but I will still be the first. I think I could be proud of just that simple, unimportant fact.
The Beauty of the Game
Revealing the hidden art in sport.
The last four entries have been about some of the most popular sports in North America. There are obviously some other sports like soccer, lacrosse and golf. But there’s an aspect I have left out. It’s a part that everyone who has ever cheered for their favourite team, their high school team or anything else. It’s the fan factor. It’s the fans that make or break a team.
Most people haven’t even heard of Moscow, Ontario. They hear Moscow and think of vodka and cold weather. For John Nizman, he thinks of home. It is where he has lived for 14 years. People think of a 150 year old, stone house with 13 acres of land, as a dream. But for John, well, he has bigger dreams.
The sports world is a very complex one. It’s one of loud cheers, and cold beers. It gives hope, it give despair. But, it is a need in our society today. People live, breathe and die sports. It becomes their life. People need sports, just like people need a hobby. Except sports allows so much more than that. Having a favourite team and watching their games, and cheering them on; that is a way of life for some people.
Applause, that’s the only sound you here and it’s only from the crowd in the stands. The players stand out on the field completely silent, waiting for the pitcher. He remains tall, in the middle of the field with the ball held behind him. His eyes are locked on the batters, the batter staring at the hidden arm. The pitcher winds up, and throws a curveball!