It’s been a year, and we’ve survived

Home > Culture > Features

print dictionary print

It’s been a year, and we’ve survived

This month marks the first anniversary of this column. Yep, that’s right! I have survived, and if you are reading this, you must have renewed your subscription.
I hope I’ve provided an oasis for all the ever-hungry sports fans out there. Understand, it was not always easy to write with North Korea’s figurative guillotine constantly looming over my head.
I survived. You survived. So let’s just leave it at that. Here’s a look at the typical working conditions that I toil under:
Sister: You gonna use that computer?
Me: Uh-huh.
Sister: For how long?
Me: Uhm...Dunno. I guess I’ll be up all night.
Sister: I really need to do my homework [she is still in college].
Me: I am working...
Sister: So why are you looking at naked women then?
Me: Errr [throat clearing], I am checking my mail. Somebody sent me junk.
Sister: Sure...You said you are working. Gimme that!
Me: I always check my mail first.
Sister: Whatcha working on?
Me: I am writing a column.
Sister: With the TV on?
Me: I am watching a game...
Sister: You said you are working!
Me: [Sigh] I am writing a sports column! A game is going on.
Sister: They pay you for that?
Me: No, they pay me to watch games. I just write for fun.
Sister: Does anybody actually read that stuff?
Me: Some call me [expletive deleted]...
Sister: You don’t even like sports!
Me: Sure I do. I’m a nut...
Sister: Liar! I never saw you doing anything since college! [She gives me a triumphant look.]
Me: Oh yeah? Who do you think throws out the garbage every day, eh? Besides, this is more about research. Checking facts, analyzing stuff, watching games. You know...
Sister: This is not rocket science. What’s there to analyze?
Me: David Beckham just changed his hairstyle...
Sister: Reeeeeeally? Tell me more!
Me: I could if you’d let me work...
As I said, it hasn’t always been easy. To date, I’ve tried not to bore you guys with some rundown of game scores from the week before.
You all get that from the standard sources. I would rather write more about issues or hidden stories, things that sometimes seem far from the spotlight.
I played tennis, basketball and football, both on the high school and college level. Also had some exposure to Ping-Pong, badminton, skiing, golf, bowling and chess. Note the word: exposure. It means that in the future you might get a healthy dose of games that don’t fall into the big three (that’s baseball, football and basketball, for me). I’ve learned that lots of people are interested in other non-mainstream sports (my thanks to Andy Dorn, who I think is an Aussie).
Because of this column’s fixed date of appearance, anything happening on a Saturday would be written about five days later, and I think that’s a drawback but there isn’t any way to work around that. My apologies in advance.
No, I have not done any bungee jumping, nor do I plan to. But I do plan to continue giving you a different spin on some events lying within the great sphere of sports. Thanks for the input!

by Brian Lee
Log in to Twitter or Facebook account to connect
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
help-image Social comment?
lock icon

To write comments, please log in to one of the accounts.

Standards Board Policy (0/250자)

What’s Popular Now