I made the category tag “Other, Less Awesome Sports” almost as soon as I started this blog. It was intended to be a tag that could encompass all of my encounters with non-hockey sports. When I started TWC, my hyper-awareness of sports was brand new, and I quickly realized that even without trying, I was having daily interactions with all kinds of sports. I had been thinking about sports as a I’ve-been-looking-for-you-my-entire-life love affair, but I quickly realized I was in a you’ve-been-here-all-along situation. After I sought out hockey, I simply noticed that sports were all around me, all the time.
The last few weeks I’ve been going through a funny sports rebirth. I’m watching other sports more and more. Frankly, I’m surprised by my depth of interest. Shocked even. I like sports!…and not just hockey!
Basketball was the one sport that I truly thought I could never like. I’m still a little astounded to catch myself tuning into the NBA Finals. I can’t fathom that my interest in basketball will bleed into the NBA’s regular season, but you never know. Four years ago I couldn’t have fathomed that I’d ever have season tickets to the Sabres, so I’ve learned to never say never.
I like the raw athleticism of basketball, and I like that it’s such a simple concept. Run back and forth and take turns putting a ball through a hoop. That’s the whole thing. Basketball is a very simple sport, and I like it that way. I’m also fascinated by how close the spectators are to the action. I guess hockey has nearby spectators too, but in hockey the glass creates a sense of separation whereas in basketball those dudes are right there. They can land right on you, and they often do. I also like how basketball players are freakishly large. Basketball is a sport played by genetic mutants, and that amuses me.
What I don’t like about basketball is how the first half is pretty boring (and as far as I can tell, largely irrelevant), and how the last two minutes often involve everyone purposefully fouling everyone else. I also don’t like how the players act like GIGANTIC effing babies every time they get bumped. Hockey has spoiled all other sports for me in this respect. Which leads me to….
Holy COW are soccer players drama queens! But in the case of soccer, the drama just cracks me up.
I am REALLY enjoying the World Cup so far. I’m a little iffy on soccer still, but the spectacle and drama of the World Cup has got me hooked.
The real moment of falling in love with the World Cup came while I was watching the Ghana game yesterday. They were so spunky, and their fans were so much fun with their dancing and hopping around. For some reason the people from Ghana (Ghanians?) kind of clued me into what a big deal the World Cup is. I know that’s a very obvious point, but as most of the people reading this blog know, we really don’t care about the World Cup in the United States. It recently occurred to me that the rest of the world is having a gigantic, rollicking party, and meanwhile the United States is sitting around being all sullen and, “Whatevs. Your party is lame.” You know what?…. I think we might be the lame ones.
Why are we such pills about the World Cup? Can’t we see that everyone else in the world thinks it’s totally rad? And isn’t that reason enough to give it a chance?
Yes, soccer is kind of redonk. The clock goes UP and no one knows when the game is going to end. That’s weird. BUT, it looks real VERY good in HD, and, it’s on in the morning. Sports! At seven in the morning! It’s amazing.