Edson: What Is Your Sports Ancestry DNA?

For Christmas this year, I received a kit that revealed my Ancestry DNA.

It was simple. I spit into a tube and mixed a small vile with it. I put the sample into a box and sent it off.

What it revealed was fun… something our family had a good time talking about.

But it got me thinking about my sports DNA. That is, what sports have I followed the most during my life.

There is no question that baseball would rank No. 1 for me. After all, I’ve had the honor of getting paid to cover the 1984 World Series and many spring training games. I’ve collected baseball cards since age five.

But the truth is, I like most sports. My dad was a longtime basketball and football coach. I’ve played golf – not very well – for 50 years.

So it got me thinking. If I had to put some percentages on my sports DNA, like my real DNR, what would it look like?

Here is what I came up with, a top five of my interests.

Baseball – 51%.

Football – 29%

Basketball – 12%

Golf – 5%

The Rest – 3%.

These percentages are where I stand right now. And they are no doubt influenced by playing fantasy sports. I am in multiple fantasy baseball and football leagues.

Growing up, I think my baseball number would be almost the same but basketball would have been No. 2, even though I played both basketball and football in high school.

So at this stage of my life all of my numbers are based on being a spectator, with the exception of golf. Come to think of it, I think my friends might argue I am mostly a spectator these days.

The truth is, I enjoy watching almost all sports. I’ve never played hockey or soccer, so my numbers probably are lower that some other people in northern Michigan.

But the thing I learned during my four decades as a professional writer is that my interests revolved

I’ve done columns and feature stories on athletes and coaches in nearly every sport. When you look at sports that way, you discover that the most compelling stories are a lot alike – overcoming adversity, learning to adjust to any role you have on a team and my favorite – athletes who play just because they love a sport, not because they are stars.

My two favorite times of year revolve around my two favorite sports – spring for baseball and fall for football.

I’m wondering if you had to put numbers on your sports DNA, what would it be?

Nick Edson is a retired Hall of Fame columnist and sportswriter. He worked 25 years at the Traverse City Record-Eagle, 18 as sports editor. He is a two-time president of the Associated Press Sports Editors Association and a member of the Michigan Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.