Tuesday, February 14, 2012

02/14 (Valentine's Day) Quickie

Lot of love going around today. I will say this: One of the most remarkable things since last year's Valentine's Day is watching my kids' die-hard love for sports emerge.

My 5-year-old is an NFL nut (thank you, NFL Red Zone Channel). My 3-year-old is obsessed with hockey. They both sit there watching highlights in the morning and are happy to watch basketball, hockey or whatever on weekends.

Do they get Linsanity? Not really. Do they appreciate it more when I explain it to them -- about underdogs and trying your hardest and being a team player? Definitely more. Both kids have become Wizards fans (I know), but they were born in New York City -- an affinity for New York teams is natural.

I love that they love sports. I don't love it because I love sports -- I love it because I love seeing their reaction to sports, something unadulterated and just about as pure as you'll find. They don't necessarily "get" it yet, but they get it enough to love it. What could be better than that?

Linsanity continues tonight in Toronto -- Amare joins Lin for the first time -- and Lin is featured on the cover of SI's non-swimsuit issue this week. But the real gem in the mag this week -- probably the best piece of sportswriting I've read this year -- is this story by Thomas Lake about Wes Leonard, the Michigan high school basketball player who tragically died on the court a year ago. Take the time to read it at some point this week. It's remarkable.

Happy Valentine's Day. Take a minute to think about what (and who) you love.

-- D.S.

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