Winter. Yes, it is just around the bend. The weather is swiftly changing from a comfortable 60 or 70 degrees to 40 and below. You can start to see the sun setting right as 5 p.m. rolls around. Before long, snow will cover the ground and our hopes will be set on classes being cancelled.

A lot of people around the area don’t like this time of year. Over the years, I’ve heard a number of people who complain about the frigid temperatures or gripe about snow’s adverse affects on driving. I don’t know about you, but when this time of year comes around I find very little to complain about. There is something about winter that puts me in a mood where almost nothing can bring me down.

It isn’t just the cold, the snow or the sun setting at an extremely early time that puts me in this mood though. There is so much more that contributes to it.
Ever since I was a kid, this time of year has always been the best time to watch sports. I am a huge fan of football, basketball, rodeo and a great other variety of sports. When it comes to be November, the winter weather mixed with a great game can be the greatest thing in the world.

I can still remember all those years at home putting on my jersey, some comfy sweat pants and some thick socks and settling down on the couch to watch a New England Patriot game in the evening. I would cheer, cry, sometimes get a little too excited, but in the end it was all worth it, especially if there was a warm cup of hot chocolate or apple cider involved in the process.

Then there was Thanksgiving. While it is tradition for football to be played professionally on Thanksgiving, backyard football was always encouraged by members of my family and it still today is one of the most fun times of the year.

I still miss those days when I didn’t have a care in the world, or at least there was a lot less care. I still think back on it with a smile though, and this time of year evokes all the same feelings. I am happy to say that I love sports in general, but when you mix it with the wonderful feeling that winter brings– nothing can beat that.

My wish for everyone this winter is to have those good times with sports and winter. If you aren’t watching sports, then go play them, as long as it isn’t too cold outside. Most of all, remember the joy you get out of it. I do, and as long as winter continues to exist on this earth, I always will.
Clinton Dick is a sophomore majoring in convergent journalism. You may e-mail him at clinton.dick@sckans.edu.