I Miss The Raptors – But I’m Loving Some Other Stuff!

By: Melanie P
Posted: March 31, 2020

I miss my Raptors But…

My fantastic SAFV colleague, Whitney Carroll Mckinnon, wrote a piece the other day about the different ways you can get your sports fix now that Covid 19 pandemic has caused all major sports leagues to suspend their seasons. She had some pretty awesome suggestions! I’d like to add a few items to her list, though. Some… unexpected additions.

Marble Sports.

Yes, it’s a thing.

I was scrolling through Facebook last week and came upon an interesting post from a friend. It featured a video of a huuuuge track that someone made in the sand on a beach (I think) and several marbles racing down. There was commentary, pretty colors, and a general sense of excitement. It was very entertaining! And so, I shared it on my own Facebook.

My boyfriend watched the clip that I shared and spent at least two hours down the marble racing rabbit hole.

Turns out, there’s a whole YouTube channel devoted to this stuff! Marbula Sports is a thing! There are leagues, tournaments, qualifiers, and a legit Grand Prix. My ridiculous – er, I mean extremely loveable – boyfriend watched every available video and was whooping and cheering just like he does when he watches Raptors basketball!

So if you’re looking for something to fill the sports void, try watching some of these videos!

Perhaps it’s not just live sports you’re missing, but the brilliant banter of professional sports commentators.

I’ve actually been watching TSN’s rebroadcasts of the Toronto Raptors’ 2019 playoff games and have therefore been treated to the delightful conversation of Matt Devlin and Jack Armstrong (read here for reasons why I love them!). If you’re not watching these games, or if you just need something else to make you chuckle, check out Nick Heath’s Twitter feed.

British journalist and sports commentator Heath is using the hashtag #LifeCommentary for video clips of him narrating the most mundane, everyday things you can imagine. Vacuuming the living room carpet, pedestrians crossing the street, a honeybee collecting pollen… no activity or event is too ordinary for Nick Heath. They all get narrated. And it’s so fun!

Well, guys. I don’t know when we’ll get to see a new Raptors game again. Or any other game, for that matter. (Unless we’re talking card games. My bf and I have been having plenty of those!) What I do know is that there are a lot of people out there doing a lot of things to help entertain us and to fill the sports void.

Stay safe and keep laughing!

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