Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sportsless in Hawaii

I've just returned from a fantastic 10-day trip to Hawaii. I don't want to get into the details of the trip, but would highly recommend Volcanos National Park on the Big Island - hiking through volcanic craters and watching lava flowing at night are just two highlights.

What was unique about this trip was that I didn't watch a single sporting event - not live nor on TV. Obviously, Hawaii doesn't have any pro sports teams, but the University of Hawaii has several teams and there was a women's volleyball tournament going on while I was in Oahu. But when there's beaches and sunsets and plenty of other stuff to do, it's tough to go watch a sport I really don't like. So I didn't.

Still, I expected to watch a game or two on the tube. But I forgot that Hawaii is 6 hours earlier than the East Coast and 3 hours earlier than the West Coast. Which means most weekday games are on between 1 pm until 7 pm. This is prime beach time followed by happy hour time, so I didn't make an effort to watch a single game (helped by the fact that the MLB pennant races are pretty dull). I did catch the scores on ESPN after getting back, but I was usually too tired to watch SportsCenter, so I missed lots of news, such as the fact that the NHL pre-season has started.

Weekend games are a bit better, starting at 7 am, but even then you don't want to spend time indoors when you could be outside in the glorious sun. And with college football on now, there wasn't much MLB to be seen. After a couple of days, my mind actually stopped thinking about sports. It wasn't until I was at the airport yesterday afternoon that I remembered the NFL and caught the last quarter of the Bears-Steelers game at a bar before boarding the plane.

Now I'm back in Japan and will check out a couple of minor league games to get back in the swing of things. It's a 5-day weekend here so I expect some big crowds, especially for today's game which features the Rakuten Golden Eagles against the Giants. Look for the report here tomorrow.



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