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BTP The Offseason, Day 64: The eSports are there for the dabblin’

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Costume design by Leon Bakst (1866-1924) Russian theatre and ballet designer, for the Wolf in ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ music by Tchaikovsky. Choreography by Marius Petipa. Produced in 1921 by Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. ... Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images

I’ve attempted here and there to fill the sports void by watching eSports, because I mean sure if major networks are going to televise some of this stuff, I guess I might as well see what’s doin’.

There have been some fun concepts put together lately, even if not as entertaining as they might have sounded in the first place. A group of MLB players got together for a video game baseball tournament, for instance. Ditto NBA players playing some 2K. The novelty wore off pretty quick, honestly. I grade those experiences a C.

Also I had not been aware of this, but there’s a whole NBA-sponsored 2K league with professional gamers and everything. Each video game player is controlled by a human, so there are actually 10 people involved in every game. This sounds like a horribly unfun thing to do. Who the heck wants to be a video-game role player? A lot of people, apparently. Grade: D-.

Give me this sort of thing instead. I watched WIU win the Final Four over the weekend and it was the most sports-related fun I’ve had in ... y’know, I probably shouldn’t think about this, or the fact that I wrote that sentence and meant it. Grade: A.

I’ve even given iRacing a whirl, and I don’t like real-life NASCAR, but actually, iRacing is kind of addicting to me for some reason. Maybe because it looks so real. Grade: B.

This concludes my brief review of guys playing video game sports. I salute them all. Anything else eSports-wise that you people have been watching?

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When quarantine cannot diminish your shine, and also you are a wolf:

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1754: Costume design by Leon Bakst (1866-1924) Russian theatre and ballet designer, for the Wolf in ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ music by Tchaikovsky. Choreography by Marius Petipa. Produced in 1921 by Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.

I don’t see why Mr. Wuf can’t have an alternate uniform, and it’s exactly this getup.