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As I was walking along the waterfront during the noon hour, I heard one of the ESPN1080 announcers wonder about relationships. While discussing the New York Jets, he paused and said something to the effect: “What if we paid as much attention to the relationships in our lives as we do to our favorite sports team?” He was discussing the situation at quarterback for the Jets b/n Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. People wonder week to week which one is going to start. The announcer then used the example of a man asking his wife at night if she still loved him and then waking up in the morning with the same question. And then telling her that he'd call her at noon to ask the same question. In other words, sports fans obsess too much on their teams (and maybe not enough on their relationships).

Question: Which do you follow more closely — your sports team or relationships with those close to you?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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