The Short Game: The Singles’ Guide to Valentine’s Day and Sports


Mike Carlson, Spear Contributor

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. In fact, it is less than one week away. Which means, those with significant others should start working on some sort of gift for their respective Valentine (gentlemen, it is crucial that you know the difference between Steve Madden and John Madden here). This also means that those who are lacking the Gisele Bundchen to their Tom Brady must commence battening down the hatches for the day of love.

Nothing is worse than being single on Valentine’s Day. Not even a life sentence of playing basketball for the New York Knicks is as dismal as playing Lone Ranger on the fourteenth of February. Although, it’s a close second.

However, hope springs eternal. We may not have found our Katherine Webbs just yet, but we can easily find a plethora of other things to do in lieu of dinner and a movie.

I’m looking at you sports.

Here is your “Singles’ Guide to Valentine’s Day and Sports.”

NBA All-Star Saturday Night

Who needs dunking bread in fondue when you have dunking basketballs? And, let’s face it, watching actual shooting stars is nothing compared to watching the Shooting Stars Challenge. That’s right. The NBA All-Star festivities will be in full swing on Valentine’s Day. While Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers will be snuggled up watching the stereotypical “rain scene” from any number of sappy rom-coms, you will be watching J.J. Reddick and Steph Curry make it rain from beyond the arc in the Three-Point Contest. Take that Ryan Gosling.

Top 25 College Hoops

There is a veritable cornucopia of college basketball on tap from the beginning of the day until the late evening hours. While your pals will be taking their respective Cinderellas to the dance, you will be figuring out who the real Cinderella will be when the Big Dance comes around. You can also watch that pro-team from Kentucky try to keep their perfect season alive against South Carolina. The idea of spending Valentine’s Day in Lexington at Rupp Arena will feel more like Halloween, however, for the Gamecocks. Talk about an awful date.

The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

If you are looking for a good nap on Valentine’s Day, the PGA tour is your spot. Now add in the celebrity field which is headlined by the likes of Bill Murray, Andy Garcia, Josh Duhamel, and Larry the Cable Guy and you already have a sequel that is light years better than the disaster of film that was “Valentine’s Day” (I’m not being cynical. See Rotten Tomatoes for more information). I’m sure director Garry Marshall wished he had a mulligan on that one.

Watch an Avalanche game

Actually, I’m really not that in love with this idea.

PBA Tournament of Champions

I would not encourage this option unless you are really desperate. Like really desperate.

Speaking of desperate, as of this writing, it looks like it will be me and a lady named TiVo (she’s not Italian) spending Valentine’s Day touring all of my above suggestions.

Here’s to hoping everyone finds their Valentine.