Why I love sports: Our love letter to the games that have molded us
We are all Bill Murray right now. And we're living the same day over and over in the sports
world. Unfortunately for us, this Groundhog Day is the day after the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. There are no games.
The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has upended life around the world. With the games on hold, we decided to reflect on why we love sports in the first place. We started our series of personal essays about what sports mean to each of us on March 22.
Throughout the coming weeks, the sports staff of The Oklahoman — as well as readers, local sports and civic leaders — will open a vein and write their heart out.
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So tell us why and how sports have shaped your life. Send your responses to NICsportsdesk@oklahoman.com and we'll run selected responses online and in print.
March 22: Sports columnist Jenni Carlson writes "We miss sports for lots of reasons, and we want to know why you do." And selected reader responses.
March 23: OU beat reporter Ryan Aber writes "Playing baseball in the front yard, watching the Cubs on WGN fueled love of sports." And selected letters to the editor.
March 24: OSU beat reporter Scott Wright writes "Sports provided avenue to get through life's toughest moments."
March 26: High schools reporter Cameron Jourdan writes "Pick 6s, Statue of Liberty and learning to love the game."
March 27: Assistant sports editor Scott Munn writes that his "'ah-ha' moment with sports came in 1971."
March 28: Thunder beat writer Maddie Lee writes that Little League bonds can't be broken
March 29: Outdoors editor Ed Godfrey writes about a "small town boy's journey from the ball field to the press box." And selected letters to the editor.
March 30: OU beat writer Abby Bitterman writes about "passing down love of sports through coaching"
March 31: High schools reporter James D. Jackson writes that "games are a teacher of so many of life's lessons"
April 1: Letters to the editor
April 2: Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt writes that "sports is a powerful force" that can unite us all
April 3: News reporter Josh Dulaney explains why "Kobe Bryant's death made me love my late mother even more"
April 4: Letters to the editor
April 9: OSU assistant men's basketball coach Scott Sutton saw 'best of times' with father, Eddie Sutton
April 10: Letters to the editor
April 11: Letters to the editor
April 12: OU football coach Lincoln Riley turned disappointment to motivation