Just what is it about sports that gets you?
What makes us watch games we don’t “really” care about
Leafs-Avalanche in Game 5 of a million in a long regular season?
Now, I consider myself something of a sports fan, a guy who likes a game as well as the next lady or fellow but I’m finding it increasingly hard to get too excited about the daily humdrum existence of pro sports.
Perhaps it’s because there is no huge rooting interest; as you know, I’m far more a fan of games and sports than teams and individuals.
But I also I imagine that’s a minority opinion here, isn’t it?
Do you sit anchored in front of the TV some nights simply because it’s “your team?” Do you live and die with wins and losses, feel bad after the latter and better after the former?
I’ve always found that to be quite interesting, even in a bygone era when I was far more “engaged” in the games in other sports than I am now.
Used to watch the Leafs all the time, same with the Jays and to some degree, simply through a factor of geography, the Sabres, Bills and Braves.
Now it’s white noise unless there’s some compelling reason to sit tuned in and turned on, as they used to say. There’s very little about a regular season that can get me going, even a great rivalry game is hard to really get up for.
I’m sure it has to do with the proliferation of games available now every day. Remember the times when there’d be, maybe, two or three NHL games a week, tops? Or when football was only Sunday afternoon? Or when basketball was barely seen and a trip to a real, live game – the Aud or the Gardens – was the way to satisfy that need and a special event.
Now? Heck, it seems there are three or four games on a night. And they seem to get more inconsequential because there’s nothing special.
Two teams, some sport, some game.
How about you?
I get the feeling more than a few Irregulars are avid sports TV watchers. This game, that game, some other game.
Is a “team” thing? Or a “player” thing? Or a matchup thing?
Or is it just a matter of habit and a boredom with everything else that’s on the tube?
Let me know, I find it quite interesting to learn what drives big-time fans.
Okay, I don’t care what you think of reality TV – I tend to hate it all – but if you can find a show that has live appearances by The Bangles (DWTS!), you have to watch, don’t you?
And who didn’t have a wee crush on Susanna Hoffs? (Although I was perhaps more a Belinda Carlisle guy)
I was going to start the weekly plea for mail today but then I saw where guy says the world’s going to end Friday – the day in May when it was supposed to happen was some miscalculation and I figure the dude needs a better calculator or something – so I’m not going to bother.
And now I better get busy, lots to do before Friday. Get to your own bucket list, too, okay?
So I’m in Niagara today dealing with real live stuff and that means the morning at Starbucks, the afternoon at some wireless-enabled restaurant and the evening eating peanuts at one of the great locals in the city (hi, Mick and Angelos).
But I’m hoping, at least from noon on, that there are TVs turned on because, as you all know, it’s NFL Trade Deadline Day (we talked a bit about it here yesterday) and surely there will be breathless reportage from a wide variety of experts and insiders.
Seriously, is there anything more boring than NFL trade deadline day?
It ranks so far behind the others it’s laughable and I guess it has to do with how difficult it is for a guy to change teams mid-season and have any impact. Those are tough playbooks to learn, I’d imagine.
If you had to rank ‘em, would it look like this, from most compelling to least?
I don’t get it, but millions do. This third-line winger for that junior prospect, this anonymous backup for that anonymous backup.
I barely watch but it makes me cackle to tune in and see guys whispering into their cellphones and typing away on whatever I-thingy or Blackberry they’ve got.
I know, there are like a thousand trade deadlines, it seems. But there does seem to be some juice in the day leading up to it.
Always – or at least the vast majority of the time – it’s much ado about nothing but it keeps a grunt busy; this probably should be No. 2.
Do they have a trade deadline?
Man, they’re up early at NBA PR Headquarters.
Got the big announcement just about 7:30 a.m. that the board of governors has approved the sale of the Philadelphia 76ers to a new group of deep-pocketed private equity folks.
But in the whole “timing is everything” thing, how are they going to stand up a news conference later this morning and sing the praises of their new investment when the league, the union and a federal mediator are meeting to figure out at new CBA amid the league’s contention that the economic situation is dire?
That’ll be fun to watch.