I grew up in a small town and attended an even smaller school. The only organized team sports offered were baseball and basketball.
I played neither in an organized fashion.
Television helped me discover the universe of sports that lie outside my direct experience. Inspired a too-tall girl to tumble when Nadia hit her perfect 10′s in gymnastics. Created a passion for ice skating in a Southern gal who didn’t often see snow. Made an avid golf and tennis fan out of a someone with no obvious hand-eye coordination.
Took a non-athlete…and gave them a passion for sport.
Despite all its evils, its shortcomings, its failings — today I celebrate television for bringing me athletics in all its many forms….and showing me the world outside my small town at the same time.
Can. Not. Wait.
Bring it, London.