If you’re like me, you know all sports are pretty much on hold until further notice. As someone who basically relies on sports as entertainment to get me through the day, it’s especially tough right now. So how do you get through these difficult times without your go to getaway? Here’s a couple of ideas for you
Re-watch old games/highlights
As of now, most leagues are showing old games on TV, but you can find hundreds, if not thousands of old games online right now. MLB has been uploading thousands of games to their YouTube channels to watch at any time from anywhere in their entirety. NBA Game pass is currently free which allows you to watch the entire backlog of games to watch. Just a quick YouTube search for highlights will reveal tons of videos to watch. If you can do with watching replays or old games, this is a great option to work with.
For whatever sport it is, there is probably a digital game of it somewhere. Baseball, Football, American Football, Basketball, Hockey, you name it, there’s a game for it. For the Major 5 sports, there is a yearly sim game that will provide the most real to life rendition, but there are also more arcade style games for these sports. If you’re striving for more control there are a lot of manager/Owner Simulation games (you don’t actively play the game, rather you manage the team from the front office), there is an option for most major sports as well.
Make a homemade version
We’re all trapped inside right now, why not make the most out of it and get some exercise while we’re at it. Find some stuff around your house and turn it into a mini field and play knee hockey, or set up laundry baskets and use a roll of toilet paper and play soccer in your living room. It’s a great way to entertain kids, and great way to relieve some stress
Discover a new hobby
With nothing going on, now’s the best time to look within and see if there’s something new you’d like to learn about or try. Cooking is a great thing to try out with all the free time you have, and is a relatively easy thing to pick up. Read a book; there are some great sports-related books out there. Whether it be analytics or just stories from players themselves, you can find a great read for whatever suits your interests. If you’re interested, we have some ideas for you to check out our article here and here
While most sports are currently put on halt, e-sports are still in full swing. E-sports, for those of you who are hearing that term, is competitive video games. Many popular online games have e-sports leagues Thanks to the ability to play these games remotely from home, the show can go on. While in-person events have been postponed or cancelled, the competition can still be held and viewed online for free. Games like Rainbow Six: Siege, Overwatch, and League of Legends are in full swing right now, and it couldn’t be a better time to get invested. While the learning curve might be a little daunting, like understanding the core objective of in-person sports, it becomes much more enjoyable to watch. (The majority of games are hosted on Twitch – a video game streaming service, with some being exclusively being streamed on Youtube)