Contemplating the Culture of Sports

One man's journey to rediscover his love of athletics

Tim Forbes, the author of It's Game Time Somewhere" attended 100 sporting events in one year to write the book.

Tim Forbes’ book It’s Game Time Somewhere started as a blog by the same name. The author’s story began while working at a consulting firm. Fed up with a life where he traded time for money, Forbes said goodbye to his corporate career and followed his dream of working in sports by becoming “pro golf’s oldest living intern.” After this move, he began to question his new career path, and maybe even his love of sports, which led to the “It’s Game Time Somewhere Tour.” Tim pledged to attend 100 different sporting events in a year, from Opening Day at Yankee Stadium to the Senior Nationals of men’s amateur curling, and of course, a few volleyball matches in between.

Published by Bascom Hill Publishing, It’s Game Time Somewhere is a good read for fans of sports culture. Forbes questions the way we as a society approach, fund, and celebrate our athletes, a journey that leads him to recall why he loved sports so much to begin with. It can be easy to forget that there’s a lot going on behind the sports we love to play and watch every day, and Forbes’ book enlightens and entertains, delving deep into issues we may never have paused to think about.

As far as the volleyball coverage goes, Forbes probably isn’t going to teach you much you didn’t already know, but it is fun to read about recognizable names from our community. While watching a Redondo Union/Long Beach Poly match in the 2010 CIF Southern Section Championship, Forbes finds himself particularly taken by Redondo’s sister duo of Lara and Skylar Dykstra (Skylar is a featured athlete in this year’s Fab 50, and Lara’s transfer to Pepperdine from Nebraska is covered in “Nebraska’s Fluid Roster,” see below). At this match, Forbes experiences a wonderful sense of community from the Redondo fans in the way they interact with Long Beach fans, with their team, and each other. We know the volleyball community has a wonderful atmosphere and support system full of love and enthusiasm, but it’s nice to see an outsider recognize that.

The true heart of Forbes’ book lies in the journey narrative of a sports fan searching for the magic ingredient that has convinced so many people to devote their lives, careers, or free time to the pursuit of a game. Every sports fan and athlete can connect with that story.

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Originally published in March/April 2013

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