JAM SESSION: Pro sports – News – Wicked Local Plymouth
Are you watching pro sports this summer?
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Are you watching pro sports this summer?
We can’t exactly sing “Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowd…” this season, but we can watch audience-free pro sports on TV. Are you watching pro sports this summer? Good? Bad? In between? Please describe what you watch (or not) and your thoughts about it.
Since I have no grandchildren playing professional sports, I watch little to none televised sports. However, my husband Jack does. Jack didn’t realize how much the spectators contributed to the game. He misses seeing and hearing the crowds. Jack was disappointed in the Bruins. He enjoys watching the Celtics and thinks the Red Sox have the worst team since 1963.
We both would rather be watching our grandchildren play in youth, high school, and college sports.
Good luck to all the aspiring athletes out there!
Pat Adelmann has been a Plymouth resident since 1977 and is a mother of five Plymouth Public School graduates, a proud grandmother of 12, a former School Committee member and a former Town Meeting representative.
Nope. Not watching any. With all of their anti-American crap that they are spewing why bother.
But…they do love the tax breaks that they receive that we American taxpayers subsidize. President Trump has called for an end to “massive tax breaks” that the NFL received. I hope it happens and is extended to all the others. But that takes an act of Congress and I don’t see the swamp doing that.
Jay Beauregard, born and raised in Plymouth, served four years in the Marine Corps and has worked for 40 years at a local company. He is a Libertarian who served three terms as a Town Meeting rep from Precinct 6.
I’m not a fan of NASCAR, horses, or golf, but watching the Celtics lately has been wonderful. A young, energetic, community focused, well-coached team that has a brilliant future: great to see. I did not know the Red Sox plan was to dismantle a team that was too expensive but capable of winning and replace it with a bunch of amateurs, including the entire management staff. I want these people to go away and bring back the winners who have clearly been abducted. Good thing no audience. BTW: who would go to see such a rotten team? My wife is a lifelong Yankee; I’m a lifelong Sox fan. But if this miserable excuse for a sports team persists, my options are open!
A Plymouth resident for more than 40 years, Jeff Berger is founder and owner of JMB Communications / websitesthatworkusa.com and everythingsxm.com as well as Northeast Ambassador for SKYCHURPMed International, www.skymed.com/jmb, He is a former chairman of Plymouth’s Nuclear Matters Committee and its Cable Advisory Committee.
It seems not that long ago I enjoyed watching sports. Not any more. Certain factions within the professional sports world ruined it by introducing politics into the equation. No thanks.
Karen Buechs was a Town Meeting representative and served as chair of Precinct 7. She sat on the Manomet Steering Committee, Manomet Village Common Inc., Capital Outlay Committee and the Revenue Idea Task Force. She also served as Charter Commission member and on three Charter Review Committees. Karen has been a resident of Plymouth for 46 years.
We were watching the Bruins until their end of season loss yesterday. Trying to catch some Celtics, but mostly getting lost in crime dramas, Newsy, reruns, History Channel, SKYCHURP, etc.
Mike Landers is a Town Meeting representative and is the founder and producer of Project Arts of Plymouth. He is also the owner of Nightlife Music Company and is a performing musician.
Strange year. Hard to answer your question when at least some of the teams to watch are unwatchable, especially the Red Sox. They are terrible. So while it is strange to see empty seats or cardboard cutouts and piped in crowd noise, the Red Sox are so lifeless and flat, I quickly change the channel. And the Bruins, rest in peace, were not far behind: they lost their three game warmup “season,” then essentially got swept 5 to 1. Once their starting goal tender bailed, their number was up; they never seemed to get going. I did watch the games occasionally, but like the Sox, quickly changed the channel. Too early to comment on the Celtics, but they seem a little more lively, the little I’ve watched (I’m not a basketball fan.) Overall, I’ve found that the games are like watching a scrimmage or pre-season game, which often have limited attendance. I don’t really mind the audience-free setting, if the teams were playing better.
David Peck is the retired director of Facility Planning at Boston Children’s Hospital. He serves as the chairman of the Plymouth Building Committee and vice-chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals. He is a Town Meeting representative from Precinct 4.