What’s a sports nerd to do while on hiatus?

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What’s a sports nerd to do when there are no sports?

It’s a question I’m sure many of you, like myself, have been pondering over the last few weeks. Sure, I’ve spent my fair share of time watching old highlights, all the re-runs of classic games and the late SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt.

Like many of you, I, or should I say we, have come up with plenty of different ways to get our fix.

Going back to my college days, we used to play a variation of the old ESPN game show, ‘Stump the Schwab,’ hosted by the late, great Stuart Scott.

The thought was, what better time to bring it back than now?

So there we sat, four grown men over Skype on a Friday night, playing an old game, taking us back to yesteryear. In the interest of privacy, I won’t name names, but mostly because I don’t want them to be embarrassed

We hit on topics from Final Four teams over the past decade, NFL and MLB records, UFC heavyweight champions, NFL journeymen quarterbacks and a lot more.

Over the course of two hours, a few things came to mind.

No. 1: How lucky are we to be in a world where, even when we are apart, we can be together.

No. 2: Friendship is stronger than any virus ever could be.

No. 3: The amount of useless sports information I know could fill several books

In the final round, I received a very specific question regarding ‘Sports Movies,’ and it was an obscure reference in the movie ‘A League of Their Own.’ Of course, I knew the answer. Of course, I was met with a ‘how the hell do you know that?’

In my defense, however, my friends really should be well beyond the point of surprise whenever I have the answer to even the most trivial of questions.

You don’t need to ask who won.

I know many of you are like me, only much more creative, and I would love to hear from you.

So, fellow sports nerds, tell me how you are getting your sports fix. It can be anything, from dominating your siblings in a game of backyard whiffleball, to challenging your friends to online games of Madden, and anything and everything in between.

In the meantime, be safe, be well, and remember, we’ll get through this together.


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