Why do I love sports? Tricky front door couldn’t keep me from the Sports section

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The story below is from USA TODAY Sports reporter Steve Berkowitz. 

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I don’t remember there being one magical, clear-eyed moment when I fell in love with sports. I just always remember being obsessed. Playing sports. Watching sports. Reading about sports.

When I was little, my house had a heavy front door that would stick when it was locked at night. Mornings, I woke before my parents did. So, I went out the manageable back door, ran around the side of the house and went out front to grab the Sports section – and the rest of the newspaper.

I read books, too. “Strange But True Football Stories” was a favorite. So was “More Strange But True Football Stories.”

Bad day outside? No problem. I made up games inside. I especially liked full-court basketbox, which ran all the across the basement and involved getting a ball into cardboard cartons on either end of the floor. What’s left of the wood paneling still has scars. So does my younger brother. Outside, where grass now grows near the front stoop, there used to be this neatly groomed rectangular patch of dirt that greeted visitors – a batter’s box.

Sports on TV were good. Sports in person were best. And I was lucky enough for my dad to be able (and willing) to take to me to see them all: Basketball, football, baseball, hockey, soccer, indoor soccer, professional box lacrosse.

Many of the teams and leagues don’t exist anymore. Neither do some of the venues. The obsession remains.

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