March 16th @ Free Times Café

We live in a complex world. Issues are rarely black and white; there are always nuances to consider, different perspectives to take into account, and more information required. That’s why I like watching sports.

Watching sports is great because you get to choose who to cheer for or against. It really doesn’t matter who you choose or why – it could be the colour of the uniforms, whether you liked the city when you visited it 20 years ago, how many players on the team wear dreads, whatever. And while the results of the game matter – for the time the game is played – after it’s over you know there will be more games or another season.

Watching the Winter Olympics however, I realized that for me, all sports are not the same. I like to watch sports where I know who won just by watching the event. Who was fastest, who had the most points (or the least depending on the sport) those sorts of things.

I don’t like sports where, after I’ve seen the event; I don’t know who won until I hear what the judges thought. I already have enough uncertainty in my life, I don’t any more.

And I never know what the judges look for anyway, despite what the helpful colour commentators say. My favourite example of this is during the Summer Olympics in the diving events. Someone will have done an incredible feat, diving from some huge height and doing four somersaults and three complete twists and emerging with their bathing suit still in the right place, and the commentator will say “Oh, too bad, there was bit too much splash when they entered the water.” Well of course there was ‘splash,’ the person just dove from a diving board three stories high! When you dive into water it splashes, what is the person supposed to do, defy all the known laws of physics?

I also can’t ignore the fact that perhaps another reason that I’m not a big fan of sports where there are judges is because as a lawyer, that sort of reminds me of what I do in my day job. It’s not that I don’t like judges, but sports should be an escape from reality, not a reminder of it.

This then brings me to Gordon’s Acoustic Living, the musical team on which I play. As we continue on in our 11th season we will once again be playing in our home park – the Free Times Café (on College just west of Spadina) on Sunday, March 16 at 8 p.m.. Admission is, as always, free. While there isn’t any popcorn, I think it’s safe to say that the latkes here are better than at the Rogers Centre or the ACC. It’s also possible that we will be revealing our new home uniforms at the gig. Hint, think green seersucker suits.

Hope to see you there.

Jonathan

P.S. What is seersucker anyway, it sounds like the title of horror/porno film involving psychics.