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We’re all crazed fans

POSTED July 2, 2010 10:34 p.m.

 

I've been thinking about this whole NBA free agency thingy. You know, the one that boasts the greatest free agency class in NBA history. There's the possibility of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh coming together to build a superstar team, and load of other big-time hoop stars that can alter any team into a good one.

I've also been thinking about the whole “Twilight” madness and how it relates to sports. Three nights ago, my younger adult sister invited me to watch “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” which I deemed unoriginal and overly romantic. Those aren't necessarily bad qualities in a movie, as long as it's done well. And it was. I thought it was a good movie. Not a life-changing one.

I heard young girls and grown women gush when Jacob Black — the teen werewolf — spent a good chunk of his screen time shirtless, and I heard all the females inside the movie theater collectively offering an “aww” whenever Edward Cullen said something remotely sweet. They continued to gush well after the movie was over, even when they were walking out the theater and back to their lives.

I've also been thinking about the “Twilight” haters, the ones who are quick to judge and forget they have their own indulgences, too. They like to question the hysteria and shake their heads when they pass by the movie theater and see hundreds of people waiting in line for the latest installment of the vampire series.

At one point, I was one of them.

But now, I know better.

Before “Eclipse” began to unspool, I was surfing the Web through my mobile phone, looking mostly for sports news. The night I saw the movie was the same night the NBA free agency was scheduled to begin. ESPN said it was going to dedicate an entire show to the NBA superstars looking for a new home or higher contract. And I was all about it. I couldn't get enough information and was eager to hear about the latest LeBron rumors.

I even planned to watch that midnight show on ESPN.

For sports outsiders, this might seem a little ridiculous. It's ridiculous to lose sleep to catch up on the latest NBA news. But see, we're all a little mad when it comes to our passion. I can never truly understand why “Twilight” fans are so obsessed with the series, but I'm learning to accept that we're all a little crazy.

To contact Chhun Sun, e-mail csun@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2041.

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