Discovering the Relevance of Words
I pulled up to work this morning, parked my car in my usual parking space, turned off the ignition, and listened to the radio for just a few more minutes to catch the rest of the story. Two other teachers were seemingly doing the same thing. At 6:50, the radio moved to a commercial break, and we all turned off our cars, and stepped out into the parking lot. I was greeted by another teacher who asked, “Were we all listening to the same NPR story?”.
Nope. I was listening to sports talk radio. Dan Patrick was talking to Tony Dungy about Josh Freeman signing a one-year deal with the Vikings. That, frankly, is much more important to me than anything NPR might have to offer this morning. I am a Vikings fan, and I’m pretty upset by how terrible their quarterback situation has been since Brett Favre decided he was done – after he had decided he was done the year before, and the year before that.
When I told my co-worker what I was listening to, he gave me a very questioning look. Now, he’s not a big fan of sports, but all the same, he was curious why I wasn’t listening to the news. With the exception of a few episodes of Car Talk, or Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, I don’t think I’ve ever turned on NPR to listen to the news. I know, blasphemy! It’s not that I don’t have an interest in what’s going on in the world – actually, it’s completely the opposite. I’m a political junkie, but I prefer to read my news, rather than listen to news talk radio. I want to be able to analyze what’s going on, rather than have someone else opine about the current government shutdown, or the situation in Syria.
All I really want to listen to is whether or not Tony Dungy believes Josh Freeman is the answer at QB for the Vikings. He doesn’t. I respect Tony Dungy’s commentary because he was a coach for 28 years, and he has the expertise to tell me if my favorite team is going to suck for the rest of the year. They will. It’s true.
I don’t think that just because I’m a high school teacher, that I need to listen to NPR in the morning, or ever for that matter. I have my own opinions about what’s going on in the country, and if I need more information, I have newspapers, BBC Online, and a myriad of other sources. So, no, I wasn’t listening to that NPR story. I was listening to sports.
Question of the Day:
Be honest, what is more important in your world: NPR or Sports?