The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

21 April 2006

Senior varsity

A sports bar is no place for actual sports, says Joe Goodwin:

Sports bars seem to have a decorating budget that rivals most major league baseball clubs, but it doesn't hide the fact that a "sports bar" is one of the most un-athletic places on the planet. You can have all the accoutrements that money can buy — big screen televisions, subscriptions to ESPN Sport Paks, sports memorabilia and equipment signed by successful athletes, and a wall festooned with baseball caps and football helmets. But this won't change the fact that if the average sports bar put its clientele onto a soccer field, 90% of them would be dead of heart attacks within the first ten minutes. The other 10% would be on the bench breaking into the beer keg.

With the NBA on the scene, Hornet spotting became a popular pastime around town. (Even Spur spotting became popular, inasmuch as Spurs guard Tony Parker was usually seen with not-so-desperate Eva Longoria in tow.) And it occurs to me that not once were any of these luminaries spotted in an actual sports bar.

Those who can, do; those who can't, pop a brewski and watch others do.

Posted at 7:35 AM to Almost Yogurt


Youngest Son works at the Deep Fork & the one time Lovely Wife & I were in there we saw a table of Hornets (That or it was some other gathering of gentlemen over 6'4"). From what I saw on their table, they were consuming quantities of food that would have put me into a stomach stupor.

But then again, I don't run up & down a court for a living.

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 1:39 PM on 21 April 2006

There's a piece in the Gazette this week which mentions that P. J. Brown and Kirk Snyder are fond of DFG.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:30 PM on 21 April 2006

What's most ironic about my little rant is that I rarely go to sports bars myself. I can't speak the lingo and end up sounding like a goofball. "Second down? Betcha he steals the base next play."

Posted by: Joe Goodwin at 11:48 PM on 22 April 2006