Right after the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup, we posted stories about a few of the fatherhood moments that the athletes had. We thought it’d be worth a look at some of the other sports that have been coming and going lately to let you know that even superhero-level athletes can be human fathers – yes, even Lebron James.
It’s only a coincidence that Father’s Day falls (every year!) at a time of year when almost every major sport in the world is in full-swing. Even for sports-uninclined dads, it’s hard not to get swept up in the frenzy while hockey’s inching toward the Stanley Cup, basketball’s heading for a final showdown, and soccer, baseball, tennis and golf are still hitting their stride. This year, we saw all sorts of fatherhood in sports, from basketball to spelling bee. It seemed like no matter what shape balls you like to watch people hold, there was a father in the story.
It’s officially baseball season, and that means stadiums packed with fairweather fans and – come to think of it – fair weather. But it’s also a great time to take your kids to a ball game, and John Fabris of the OC Register knocked 20 tips for doing so right out of the park.
At first, you’ll think “20? Can’t we do this in five?” You can, but Fabris is just so darn convincing. And Fabris, we should mention, specifically talks about bringing your kids to an Angels game, but almost all of his suggestions are suitable for any team, coast to coast.
NPR‘s Robert Krulwich investigates how a family’s favorite team materializes – and more often than not, it’s because of dad.
There’s no shortage of outside influence when a kid’s looking for a favorite team. Dads, brothers, sisters, moms, coaches, teachers, local media – everyone’s got an opinion on who you should be rooting for. So, it’s a testament to the power of family and fathers that dads are as influential as they are. Kids will usually do everything in their power to listen to their peers in terms of music, fashion and food. So, for something like sports team preference to be “passed down” from the father is special.
Thursday Night, during the Texas Rangers/Oakland A’s game, the unthinkable happened: a man tumbled out of the stands trying to catch a ball and died after a 20-foot fall.