My brain when watching 1990s NBA basketball.

One of my favorite pastimes is watching old basketball games (from the 80s and 90s) on YouTube.

And I recently noticed something.

They don’t show the score on the screen the whole time. It only flashes up every once in a while, sometimes very seldom. And it’s not just the score, it’s all the information that goes with it.

It can be infuriating just watching guys … play basketball … without knowing the context of the game.

Of course, I know the technical reasons why they didn’t do it. It’s because they couldn’t do it. The pre-HD television resolutions didn’t allow much detailed graphics to be displayed on the screen because it would have taken up too much real estate.

So what’s the point of this? Well, I noticed how impatient I was watching these old games waiting for the score to come up, waiting for information on who the leading scorer, rebounder, assist man was; which team had how many timeouts remaining; who had how many fouls; and most importantly how much time was remaining in the game (or even what quarter we were currently in).

But here’s the point: I’m old enough to remember watching some of these games the first time around. And I also clearly remember not having this anxious feeling of needing to have all the data.

One way to look at it: this is proof that I was more patient in the 90s. I could just enjoy the game without needing to know the exact score and all the stats and info the whole time. I’ll get the data when it’s time.

Another way to look at it: I had better memory in the 90s. I didn’t need to have the all the info displayed constantly on the screen because I could remember it. I could concentrate and be fully immersed in the developing storyline of the game.

I feel like I don’t need to make a hypothesis or some kind of deduction from this. It’s something I noticed and wanted to write it down. Maybe I can use it to make myself better in some way.