From household topics like the Super Bowl, MLB trade rumors, NBA free agency and the Stanley Cup, to Ultimate Frisbee and the World Series of Beer Pong, no sport is too great to talk about, or too small.
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Jonathan Danielson, Founding Editor and Writer
I founded Hittoleftfield.com because I wanted an avenue to express my opinions regarding sports in a way specifically geared toward the fan. No matter who you are; player or coach, reporter or season ticket holder, die hard loyalist or just a fair-weather spectator, if you like sports it’s because your started out as a fan. That’s why sports exists, its how the industry is sustained, because there are fans and they have opinions.
Every article I write or edit, I try to remember that; the game is about the fan. Often times, in the larger media outlets, the story doesn’t take the fan into consideration. When trades or free agent signings happen, it’s always about the business aspect of the transaction, not the emotional impact of the people who pay to watch the game be played. It’s not about the fan.
And without the fan and their experience, there is no game.
Thanks for reading, and stay tuned.
Chris Carosi, Staff Writer
Sports is one of the very few pure forms of entertainment, although it’s hard to separate from blood-sucking sports media and just bask in the spontaneity of the game or the thrill of competition. I try my best to do that. My beloved teams from the Pittsburgh area (Steelers and Penguins) are perfect examples of how sports franchises can transcend the game for a community and even stand in for the community at large (especially the Steelers) i.e. one informs the other and vice versa. The importance and relevance of sports in this country is often underrated, probably because it’s soaked so far into the fabric that it’s just part of how things operate. You can even trace the history of this country through the history of sports (that’s another blog and probably a college course). Point is that this platform allows me to balance both the spontaneity and fun of sports with the intelligent historical part that hopefully is interesting. And it also means I can make fun of stuff.
Life is pretty difficult. While I get to figure it out in the privacy of my own life, professional athletes have to do it in front of millions of strangers. They’re constantly performing, permanently onstage, whether in uniform or not. What they eat for breakfast is in my Twitter feed while I eat lunch. How they respond to the 47th reporter asking about their divorce proceedings is debated for days in the public sphere. And their performance within the sport immediately doubles as a character assessment. Oh, and most of them are under thirty. In fact almost every player on the Oklahoma City Thunder is younger than me, and I’m only 24. I don’t know how they make it to retirement without going crazy and I don’t think I’ll ever figure it out, but I like trying. And while Yoda might not agree, that’s all anyone can do, in life or in sports: try.
Like most adults who write about sports, I didn’t have the athletic skill or pedigreed gene pool to compete in them past the high school level. And while my workouts nowadays consist of drinking league softball games, I still can’t bury the tenacious desire I found in myself that very first time I picked up a plastic whiffle ball bat and hit my dad square in the nuts.
It’s the same desire that drives professional athletes and avid fans alike. The desire to prove you or your team are better than anyone ever thought. This desire transcends sports. It’s part of our DNA fabric. We want to defy the odds. To do more than survive; to thrive. Being sports fans gives us the ability to feed this competitive desire, even though our physical attributes may not. And hittoleftfield.com gives us a unique opportunity to display and discuss this desire from a fan’s perspective. As well as a sleek-looking forum for you to disagree.
Kevin Wolfman, Staff Writer
Dispassionate observers often remark that sports fandom is “irrational,” “ridiculous,” “obsessive,” and/or just plain “stupid.” They may be right now and then, but mostly they’re just missing the point. Being a fan is all about the irrationality, ridiculousness, obsession, and stupidity. We celebrate it. It’s a break from the sometimes mundane, day-to-day realities of life we all must deal with. You can’t look at sports as a dispassionate observer and understand it, because sports is all about the passion. That’s why I write about it, why you read about it, and why we all can’t help but stop and stare.
Mimmo Alfano, Staff Writer
Growing up as a Florida Gators fan in Tallahassee, FL (the heart of Seminole country) I learned what it was to be the villain very early in my life and it taught me the joy of being the bad guy. Having an entire first-grade class chopping their arms at you and doing the ever-offensive War Chant at you will do weird things to your psyche. Now that I’m older, I love being the devil’s advocate when it comes to sports discussions. Sports are one of the few things you’ll never change people’s opinions about, but it’s fun to try and if nothing else you get to make fun of their team.
Some people choose to become sports fans, others are born into it. From the time I could talk my great-grandfather spoke baseball to me, which meant that I could explain the infield fly rule before I could spell it. As a result, when my childhood saw all four major Boston sports teams stink up the 1990s, I had little choice but to ride it out (and learn that sports really can break your heart). The 2000s were a healing tonic for all of us who love The Hub’s teams, and as a result of these two decades I’ve seen everything imaginable pass before these eyes. The triumphs, the near misses that will always haunt you, the desolate, ineptitude ridden failures that make near misses seem like championships by comparison; I’ve seen, and more importantly felt, them all. So whatever your sport, your team, or how it treats you, I can relate. So let’s take this journey together, because if there is one thing that is true about sports, it is that no matter the destination, it’s an amazing ride.