Roy Green: I miss my sports

I should be watching replays of unforgettable moments in major sporting events on Friday night. That’s my usual Friday routine after the guests are booked and preparation is largely completed for my weekend programs on the Corus radio network.

While historic game and tournament action is available, force-fed to reluctant fans in virtual desperation by various sports outlets, I won’t be turning to my PVR to summon up the fourth round of the 2020 Masters golf tournament, which was originally scheduled to be played last Sunday at the Augusta National golf course in Georgia.

I won’t be standing and cheering repeatedly as wondrous shots arc over Rae’s Creek at Amen Corner, or leaning back agonizing as mishits splash into the iconic waterway that flows, as describes, “in front of the 12th green and behind the 11th green” while “a tributary runs up the left side of the 13th fairway and in front of the greens.” Amen Corner has repeatedly separated winners from losers with cruel indifference.

I won’t be replaying the ceremonial delivery of the iconic victor’s green jacket by last year’s champion. And who survived four days of stress and turmoil to wear the 2019 jacket? That would have been Tiger Woods, simultaneously ending his multi-year major tournament victory drought.

I had $100 riding on Tiger presenting this year’s green jacket to himself. That may yet happen with the Masters rescheduled for Nov. 9. Sure, I’ll watch, if it happens, but the level of excitement? Likely not so much. It’ll be more a case of relief that something — anything of international sports significance — has actually happened.

The NHL playoffs, their NBA equivalency with the Kawhi Leonard-less defending champion Toronto Raptors, as well as MLB, MLS and its various global counterparts — all are parked until better times.

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And no Tokyo Olympic Games this summer, either. The “Go Canada go” chants will have to wait until the Olympics take place in Tokyo in 2021.

As a life-long Formula 1 racing fanatic who usually, at best, tolerates other motorsports, I’d be happy to watch the souped-up lawn tractor world championships.

Or Mike Weir dropping the eight-footer in the first playoff hole against Len Mattiace at the 2003 Masters, claiming the green jacket and making history. Twice. The only Canadian to win at Augusta and the first lefty.

The Toronto Raptors, led by Leonard and Kyle Lowry, dispatching all opposition and dethroning the Golden State Warriors to claim the 2019 NBA championship. They had the entire nation of Canada chanting “We the North.”

“He shoots, he scores and Canada wins.” Here, insert names like Gretzky, Crosby and Henderson.

Canada roared as our women’s hockey teams scored gold at the world championships and Olympic Games. Can you say Hayley Wickenheiser?

Sure, we sports fans will always cherish the great and historic moments, particularly when Canada came out on top. I wish I had space here to name all our athletes who have made us leap to our feet, like Nancy Greene. The list is too long, but we cherish them all.

While history has its place in our hearts, it’s the absence of the presence which weighs on us. And not only in sports.

Roy Green is the host of the Roy Green Show on the Global News Radio network.

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