Grass-roots: An introduction to The Commentary Box

The Cambridge dictionary defines sport as:

“An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment”

If sport wasn’t all these things it wouldn’t be as important and I doubt anyone would seek to read about it or report on it. It is the ethos of this definition that this blog intends to embody. The commentary box is the ideal vantage point for viewing sporting contests. The closest you can be without assuming the role of an actual competitor. The Commentary Box aims to ensure that readers not only visualise sport but are transported into the arena itself, whether it be a star-studded Vegas fight night or the pristine lawns of Wimbledon’s All England club. Furthermore the writing style taken and used in each post up is inspired by the narrative styles of Norman Mailer and Bud Collins among others. In simple terms the aim is to make each report informative and entertaining at the same time.

What the commentary box consists of:

The blog is divided into subsections. The intention behind the subsections is to showcase both modern day sport and iconic sporting memories from the past. Featured subsections are:

The Week-End Preview: Written with “armchair quarterbacks” in mind this previews the weekend’s must see sporting events. Published every Friday this is a look ahead to upcoming showdowns, focusing on who will be involved, what we can expect and at times dares to think the unthinkable.

The Sporting Week’s Heroes and Zeros: This is a follow up to The Week-End preview. It is published every Sunday after the smoke has cleared, the dust has settled and outstanding performers can be clearly identified. Sport wouldn’t be sport without the superhuman efforts of outstanding individuals. The Sporting Heroes and Zeros column pays homage to outstanding individual and team performances and looks at the unfortunate high profile failures deserving the tagline of “Zeroes” of the week. In sports journalism there’s no shame in kicking a man when he’s down you see!

Classics: This is the writer’s favourite space on the blog. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the classic performances and rapturous moments that have come to define sporting history. This section plucks out transcendent moments in sporting history for your enjoyment whilst offering a new and fresh perspective on those fateful events that, in the words of the great Muhammed Ali, “Shook up the world.”

Miscellaneous: Comprises of postings and analyses that don’t fit in to the other categories but are no less informative.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you stick with The Commentary Box as your go to site for sporting opinions and analyses. Get ready for kick off, tip off, the first serve, the starting gun or whatever your favourite sport is. We’re finally off and running…

by Shingi Mararike


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