How to stay connected to all your favorite teams while you’re on the road
By Liam Day
Every summer when I was little, my family took a trip to a different part of the country. Three boys packed into the back of our Chevy Citation, we hit the Blue Ridge Mountains one year, the Rockies another, the Mississippi River Valley a third. My father was a teacher and my mom didn’t work, so summers were the time for us to bond as a family.
Six hours in a compact car is a lot of bonding, though. We’d be squirming and restless in the back seat, likely announcing every 15 minutes that we were hungry or had to go to the bathroom. With nothing but the passing landscape to entertain us, we must have sorely tried our father’s patience. He did all the driving, and back then there was only FM/AM radio to distract him. Worse still, with only local coverage, even if he could get a game to come in, it probably wasn’t the team he was following. And on the more isolated stretches we couldn’t get any stations to come in at all.
Fortunately, times have changed. Whether dragging the family halfway across North America or just navigating city traffic to get to work, today’s sports fans can get and share up-to-the-minute scores, manage their fantasy baseball and football teams, or go global with the BBC and more—all on the road from the cockpit of their sports command center on wheels: the Chevrolet Spark.
Equipped with Chevrolet MyLink*, the Spark allows you to stay connected to all your favorite teams even on the road. MyLink’s convenient features, including voice and steering wheel control, make it safe and easy to do so. And with SiriusXM Satellite Radio, the sports world is literally at your command.
Here are some shows and stations for recommended sports listening.
1) Presented by Head2Head Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio,“Colton and The Wolfman” are not for the casual baseball fan. Their breakdowns of a player’s WHIP or BABIP are likely to leave those who are less sabermetrically fluent scratching their heads, but for fantasy diehards they’re must-listen radio, guaranteed to improve your team’s performance.
2) Summer’s always a good time to be a football fan and this year was no exception. With both the FIFA Confederations Cup and the CONCACAF Gold Cup, there was plenty of international action to follow. SiriusXM FC Ch. 94 has wall-to-wall football coverage: Counter Attack with John Harkes and Tony Meola, The Football Show, Kick Off and rebroadcasts of English Premier League matches.
3) If it’s American football you want and you’re champing at the bit until the NFL kicks off its season, SiriusXM NFL Radio on Ch. 88 is what you’re looking for. Again, they’ve got you covered morning to night. I particularly recommend “Movin’ the Chains” with Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan.
4) Of course, if it’s international sports you’re looking for, there’s always the BBC Sports Hour, with its coverage of everything from Phil Mickelson’s come-from-behind win at Muirfield; to Chris Froome’s win at the Tour de France; to the Ashes, the biennial cricket series between Australia and England. Coverage and commentary for all this and more can be found at Ch. 118 on your SiriusXM dial.
Your channels will vary depending on the programming package you choose. See SiriusXM channel lineups at siriusxm.com.
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Liam Day is Sports Editor of The Good Men Project. He played professional basketball in Northern Ireland, where he also ran a program to bring Catholic and Protestant children together through the sport, a program that is now an international nonprofit operating in three countries. His essays, op-eds and poems have also appeared the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, Annalemma, Apt and the Wilderness House Literary Review, among other publications. You can follow him on Twitter @LiamDay7.
*MyLink functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.