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Just Say No
Steve Rushin
June 23, 2003
You look tired. And why wouldn't you? You have, for years now, worked nights, weekends and holidays: the NFL on Thanksgiving, the NBA at Christmas, baseball matinees every Easter. So I'm inviting you, and all sports fans, to take a week off. For the next seven days, don't watch sports, don't play sports, don't read about sports. This is a comprehensive blackout—to say nothing of a Brownsout, Blues-out and Redsout. You and sports, after a lifetime together, are about to take separate vacations.
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June 23, 2003

Just Say No

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You don't have to get a life. Just get a different surrogate life—in film or politics or music, perhaps. If it proves productive, we can make this an annual event. There was a TV show in the '60s called That Was the Week That Was. Perhaps we will say of the third week in June, every year in sports, That Was the Week That Wasn't.

Oh, by the way. The week begins the moment you finish this issue of SI, and ends when your next one arrives. After all, we wouldn't want you to go overboard, now, would we?

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