It’s my favorite time of year. We are now in the midst of the World Series, also known as the Fall Classic. I happen to be a Cardinals fan, so of course I’m ready to fall into the recliner and cheer them on from the living room.
I wish I could be there in person, but such things were just not in the cards (no pun intended).
All the same, I will be cheering and playing armchair umpire. Since the opening game was Wednesday, this column will be printed before the outcome and I can only hope I will be a happy fan today. I will proudly display my Cardinal red as my husband and I enjoy our trip to the mountains next week. And since I doubt I’ll have access to a television I will probably be that fan who finds the broadcast on the radio and listens while hiking.
In a completely different arena, I am also proud of our hometown hockey team, the Nashville Predators. They have started this season off well, and I hope this continues into the future. I know this is very far off and I should probably not even be bringing it up, but I’d like to see them in the Stanley Cup playoffs this season. The Preds have found a couple of young stars who have emerged as pretty key contributors, and this is encouraging to me. Maybe I’ll make it to Bridgestone arena for a game this season, since I haven’t seen the Preds play live in about four years.
Yet another of my favorite fall pastimes, football, is nearing that critical time when teams are evaluating themselves and gauging their prospects for the postseason. The Titans are on a bye week this week, which probably could not have come at a better time. First, with the death of Titans owner Bud Adams, the team and coaches will I’m sure need some time to grieve and to remember the man who brought NFL football to the Volunteer State. And second, this team is banged up and could use the extra time to lick some wounds and prepare for a visit from former coach Jeff Fisher and the St. Louis Rams.
A plus for the Titans, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford will not play due to an injury (not that I wish injuries on anybody), which might turn into an opening for some defensive take-aways.
I am still hopeful we might squeeze into a playoff spot, but I’m not going to hold my breath. If we can break even this season after the recent funk we have been in, I will consider that a moral victory.
It’s time for some serious cheering and (hopefully) good karma over the next couple of weeks. Who’s ready for some great fall fun?
Kimberly Jordan is The Democrat’s general assignment reporter. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @wilsonnewsroom.