CHRIS ERSKINE / FAN OF THE HOUSE

Sports, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways

—The Grambling marching band.

—The Rose Bowl in November.

—Chavez Ravine in April.

—Cross-checks.

—Upper decks.

—Paddock areas.

—Bullpen phones.

—Nutmegs.

—Grass stains.

—Terrible Towels.

—Hail Marys with seven seconds to play!

Wild pitches ka-thunking off the backstop with a runner on third.

—Sideline banter.

NFL Films.

The Army-Navy game.

—Tony "Instant Replay" Verna.

—Vintage Jim Murray quotes: "I'd like to borrow [Muhammad Ali's] body for just 24 hours. There are three guys I'd like to beat up and four women I'd like to make love to."

—Vintage Red Smith quotes: "Dying is no big deal, living is the trick."

—The best baseball book ever: "The Boys of Summer."

—The second-best baseball book ever: "Shoeless Joe."

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