Life in General

Buckled In, Cleated, and Wearing My Spurs!

This has nothing to do with reading or writing–maybe a little arithmetic, but that’s stretching it.

If you read my Extreme Reads post back in March, you know I enjoy sports. On weekends, during certain months of the year, it’s likely you’ll find me in front of the tube watching some of my favorite athletes. Unfortunately, when it comes to the sports arena, the summer months are long and dry for the armchair athlete in me.

Sprint Cup-pers chase each other around the track for about nine months of the year. I don’t have cable and can’t watch the races once they go to ESPN and the like. So, what’s a girl to do on a Sunday afternoon when she can’t listen to Darrell Waltrip and his crew on FOX? When she can’t see the bumps, blowouts and spins? When the room doesn’t vibrate through the surround sound as they “crank it up!”?

Saturday and Sunday nights are for Professional Bullriding. Man against Beast. Eight seconds (they hope) of bone-jarring torture endured by over forty gritty cowboys week-after-week. However, from a portion of May through part of August, the events broadcast are reruns from earlier in the year. Sure, this gives the guys time to spend at home, compete in rodeos, have surgery and heal broken bones, but…

After the Super Bowl, Sundays are not the same. Where are my gridiron gladiators? Where’s Steve Smith to catch the long ball and run it in for a touchdown? Where do I go to cheer on my team or complain about bad calls, missed field goals, interceptions, and awful tackling? No, not missed field goals. John Kasey rarely misses.

Fast forward to September.

The cowboys and bulls are back for a few final events before the PBR World Finals in October. We’ll see if J. B. Mauney can unseat Austin Meier.

And my Carolina Panthers are on the prowl again! Ahem, starving for a win.

 It’s Fall and all’s right with my weekends! Well, almost.

We’ve gotten down to the last ten NASCAR races, the all-important Chase races. In the past they’ve been on network TV, however, this Sunday that was not the case. Please, NASCAR, don’t tell me you’re sending me to the garage!

Question: Other than the obvious changing of the leaves, what special activity makes you look forward to fall?


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As an author of heartwarming historical and contemporary romance, Sandra Ardoin engages readers with page-turning stories of love and faith. Rarely out of reach of a book, she's also an armchair sports enthusiast, country music listener, and seldom says no to eating out.

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