CHRIS ERSKINE / FAN OF THE HOUSE

Sports, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways

—Bend your knees!

—Keep your head down!

—Follow through!

—Aisle seats.

—Coffin corners.

—Bronx cheers.

—Clubhouse turns.

—The parents who chalk AYSO fields at 6 a.m.

—Youth coaches who don't scream or throw stuff.

—Echo Park's Short Stop bar.

—Wrigleyville's Cubby Bear saloon.

Chick Hearn's Staples statue.

—John Wooden's Pyramid of Success.

—Division III football.

—Sunflower seeds.

—Ballpark mustard.

—Tailgate brownies.

—Rugby shirts.

—High-top shoes.

—Old beat-up baseballs, starting to bronze.

 

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