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For the love of the game

April 19, 2020 by Brett LaBore

The sports reporter who loves movies. Though it may seem like they are two different topics, but they are both something I am passionate about with some similarities. 

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved sports and the thrill that comes with them. Still to this day, I’ve watched my favorite teams play and the epic players, games and moments that come with them.

My love of sports continued when I played them. I’ve played baseball, soccer, cross country and track and field in high school and college. In addition, I play golf for fun. Games have brought me so much joy and I love to play with my teammates. 

One of the reasons I love sports so much is it feels like family. Whether it’s the Packers on Sunday or Boise State on Saturday, your team feels special to you. And we all have our favorite team. 

There’s such a rush that comes with the games. As the games get bigger, like the NFC Championship Game this past January for Green Bay, I get more excited. I even got a little nervous for the game. I love my team and players and want them to succeed.

It also gives me something to look forward to. Whether it’s a game on the weekend or weekly games on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I have great anticipation for the games. That has kept me going in rough times in my life.

People always ask me why I get so emotionally involved in games. To be honest I’m not sure. I just like seeing my favorite teams win and more importantly have fun. That’s fun to me. It’s fun to see my team have success. It feels like family.

The same can be said about watching high school sports here at Lakeland Union High School. I’ve really gotten into the games and have been very happy with wins. They are a lot of fun to watch and provide me with something to look forward to. 

Movies are very similar to sports. There is anticipation and thrills with moments that leave me with chills.

Every other week I do one movie review and it’s been another thing I enjoy doing. 

Just like games, movies are so fun to watch and they bring me so much joy. New movies come to theaters on Fridays. I get my snacks and get ready for pure entertainment. 

Characters in a movie are like players on your favorite team. I love to see them in any role and they bring me much joy. 

For example, watching Aaron Rodgers throw a Hail Mary touchdown pass for the win is equivalent to the Batman defeating the Joker to save the day. It’s exciting, it’s fun and anything can happen. Every game and movie is different than the last.

I mentioned I sometimes get those butterflies while watching my favorite team or while I personally played sports in school.

That sense of adrenaline and rush can certainly come in the movies. I experienced that recently when I watched the Wes Craven’s “Scream” and John Carpenter’s “Halloween.” I never really liked horror movies, but I realized how much fun it can be to be scared. The tension can be fun and I’ve embraced that.

Another similarity between the two comes from the fact of disappointment. I can’t count how many times I’ve watched or played in a game and walked away sad, bummed out we didn’t win. With all that anticipation can come great disappointment.

The same can be said about movies that I look forward to. I wouldn’t say the disappointment has been as big as a loss in a game — but there are a few times I’ve walked away from the theater not as satisfied as I wanted.

When I thought about what I wanted to do for a living, I’ve always wanted to do something I have a passion for. If you do something you love, it doesn’t feel like work. 

I’m blessed to say I get to do what I love for a living, talking about sports and getting to know all the athletes in the Lakeland community, while also writing movie reviews.  

Brett LaBore may be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]

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