I dedicate a lot of time (and money!) to watching pro sports like baseball, hockey, football, etc. But the more I think about it, I feel like I’m wasting my time and that I could be spending my life doing other, more productive things. For example, I guess you could argue that, at its essence, baseball is nothing more than a bunch of grown men in matching shirts throwing a small ball around to each other. To me, that makes it sound like a huge waste of time, but it’s still somehow entertaining. What does everyone else think? Honest, unfiltered responses only, please.
I’d say a definite Yes, unless you’re studying the sport to play it better. Well I wouldn’t say stupid.. but a waste of time. A lot of things that are entertaining are more or less a waste of time. Even reading fiction.
ALl my roommates are huge sports fans. I’ve never been a sports fan. Let me rephrase that, I’ve never been a fan of WATCHING sports. I’ve done sports all my life though. I seriously can not understand when people get so wrapped up into any sports game to where they start yelling at the TV. I find it baffling when people say ‘Yea, my team’s pretty good this year’. I just look at them funny and go ‘Oh, I didn’t know you played on that team!’ They just look at me funny but know I’m just being a smart ass haha. But seriously, i can understand if you get all emotional about it if you’re actually ON the team on contributing, but other than that a team you like winning has no benefit towards you. ‘Your team’ could win this game but then not win the next and already forgot your previous win. I just watch them as a social event. I could careless whether my college football wins a game or not. Now, I was on the track team here at the university and took it seriously because I felt it valid.
But other than that, I guess I just don’t understand where people are coming from. But hey, I must be in the minority because look how much revenue sports generate!!!
My mom always said she admires people who get really into sports because it shows they have “zest and enthusiasm towards life.” I guess I can kind of get where she’s coming from, though there are better things (imo) to be enthusiastic about.
Sports are fun for some people. If you’re addicted to them then yeah its bad, but I don’t think watching a few games a week is a problem. Especially if its a social thing. So long as you don’t take it too seriously, or have a gambling addiction, whats the harm?
I do understand why people say things like “my team” and care so much about their team. If they didn’t do that wouldnt it just be really boring? Choosing a team adds a competitive edge to it and that’s fun. And being really invested in something makes it even more fun. If you don’t care why bother watching?
Haha, I have to admit, as a female it does absolutely nothing for me… i mean, if there’s ABSOLUTELY nothing else to do or if a sports party gets awkward i’m forced to watch it, and become interested but only temporarily, enough for a couple “oh mans” etc, but nothing to jump and shout for. I can only speak for myself however, since I know that there are many avid fans… my roommate’s boyfriend lives with us and he literally does JUST that, all day… just watches sports, that don’t relate or affect his life in any other way. I do feel that men sometimes feel a pressure to keep up with sports, and maybe that’s why some watch so much.. i think every guy group has that “fan/sports wizard” know it all.. maybe it’s just me and my weird theories. haha
@dan it’s funny that you say that about reading fiction.. i don’t get it anymore either. Last fiction book I’ve read was Harry Potter i think, a long long time ago. I’d prefer to read self-help books or books that relate to our reality and the world around us, instead of being stuck in fantasyland (which, I actually became really obsessed with harry potter at one point). Maybe some people read them for the morals of their stories, but I think there are true stories that can depict that as well…
I have never been a fan of watching or playing typical sports, I find it very boring and don’t like working as a team haha. I do however skate, snowboard, bike, and surf. I like watching those, because they are always changing/progressing and there’s alot of room for creativity. Maybe not surfing though haha, not a big fan of watching it. But every rider has there own style and it’s cool to see the diversity. How do you all see those sports? I could see that most people might find street riding (handrails and stairs) boring if they don’t know what’s going on, but that they might enjoy watching flips and shit (megaramp, box jumps).
@romina Yeah I think there is a sort of social conformity for watching and keeping up with sports. I feel that some of my friends who never really cared for them started to keep up because they felt like it’s what guys do. Haha, it reminds me of a scene from Donnie Darko when he’s just passed out in a chair while his friend and their dads are all into the football game.
I grew up listening to baseball on the radio while I was working outside, then watching basketball and football during the winter. it was a big part of my “identity” growing up. my 96-year old grandmother still lives with baseball in the summer and basketball in the winter. they are definitely better than any scripted sitcoms/reality/etc. shows. and on a long drive, a tight baseball game is a great way to pass the time.
but, when I went to college I stopped watching TV and sports and didn’t miss them very much. now that I have a family there too many other things I love to do with my time. I can either spend sunday playing with my kids or watching football, there’s no doubt about which one is more fun!
that said I will still DVR a game now and then, when I think it has a chance to be magical. I don’t care who’s playing or what sport – frankly I think the whole “my team” thing is really lame. it’s not your team. in fact even when I was a “true fan” I hated blowouts, too boring for my taste. but sometimes, real people who have dedicated their lives to greatness do amazing things.
and that’s the great thing about watching sports. there are inspiring performances, and the action is not scripted. the problem is, there’s no way to know ahead of time when the magic is going to happen.
HELL NO! There are cells in your brain called mirror neurons that make you feel kind of like you are doing something that you are watching. That’s why it’s so badass to watch sports. Nothing is as fun as getting together with some friends and watching some fights!
I don’t mind watching them, I just don’t get into it (usually). And when people start talking about people’s stats and know SO much about them, I just can’t help to think to myself, ‘why do you care so much to go so deep into knowing each individual stat’. To me, that’s just caring too much about someone else rather than what’s going on with you. Then again, I love cars and know a lot about different models, so I may be a hypocrite. But, as I’ve said before, that’s why I have an open mind. Everyone has their open hobbies. To each his own!
@daveb, that is probably the most intelligent post or view I’ve ever seen regarding being a fan of sports! I love to watch sports myself, I enjoy the athleticism, the drama and the magical performances. But then I also do feel guilty like I should be spending my time much more productively if I watch TOO many games over a weekend. I guess like anything, it’s about moderation.
And one of my biggest pet peeves that someone else mentioned is people referring to their favorite team as “we, us, etc.”. I’ll do the same thing as an above poster and say something like “I didn’t see you out there, what number are you”, etc. and most folks either don’t get it or they don’t like it. I think many middle aged men live vicariously through their favorite teams or athletes and that’s where that comes from. I respect and admire their ability and I love to watch sports, especially college and pro football, but I refuse to take it too seriously. Win or lose it has absolutely no bearing on my life.
Since we just got our Hockey team back, I like to watch the Jets play here and there. but that’s as far as i’ll go. Any other sport is so annoying or boring to me.
I would rather spend my time doing more productive things but that’s just me.
I’ve never been into sports the way all my friends have. Being from Philly you’re seen as pretty weird if you don’t LOVE watching sports on TV. I grew up watching my older brother and dad yell and scream and break stuff over these games. It totally turned me off from ever liking sports.
I’ve played sports my whole life and enjoy every minute I’m out there competing. But when I’m home or at a friends house and someone turns on a game I instantly tune out and try to find something more productive to do with my time.
I’m glad to hear there’s others like me out there!!
i imagine myself generally becoming more strategic had the case been that i have been and am a devoted sports fan. that is probably what i would have gained. i guess i like that there is an objective that involves brain stimulation to succeed. i approve of that.
i connect it to reality shows. in reality shows, you see people act angry, make mistakes, attempt resolutions, make peace, only to get angry all over again. the excitement, i imagine, comes from the anticipation of human actions, motives, techniques, whether its peaceful, disappointing, or dumbfounding. we sit, fixated in front of a blinding television box, awaiting what this person is going to do next, or how the plot will manifest. (bare with me, i’m still referring to both sports and reality tv shows). if the game turns out the way we want, hooray. if the five foot asian girl loses her footing from the forty foot diving board that lost her her place in the olympics, then oh my. i think there’s something about watching live people in television programs that dredges up excitement that one then wishes to share with others.
don’t get me wrong, i love sharing excitement. but not all the lion share comes from tit-tubes. i’m not a sports, nor am i a reality show watcher, because i value time and am impatient. and also there is something about that form of close up exhibitionism that doesn’t sit well with me.
Yes it is. Very stupid. I’ve been playing sports (mainly soccer) all of my life and I admit that sports are stupid and pointless. They are fun on occasion but overall it is just people running around kicking and throwing a ball filled with air. It’s sad how we pay large sums of money to people who are above average at that. People think other cultures are strange…look at your own.
“A lot of things that are entertaining are more or less a waste of time. Even reading fiction.”
@dan I disagree.
Sports offer insights into the human condition as well on the physical level. Music, athletics, and math were the areas the great Greek philosophers said a person should be involved in for a well-balanced life.
@ Aaron. I agree with what the article says. I still think it’s a waste of time. If you want to build social intelligence, stop reading a book and go explore people. The only type of reading I find to be a highly productive activity is the type that poses problems and ideas. They are highly engaging for me. I problem solve along with the author with every word and stop reading frequently to sit and think critically about what I just read.
“The only type of reading I find to be a highly productive activity is the type that poses problems and ideas.”
@dan How does fiction not do this? I would say fiction can be more productive as a method of familiarizing oneself with the subjective nature of existence.
I agree that stories are a very great way for us to adapt our minds to new knowledge, but how much of your average fiction book is story and how much is just trivial bits about some time and place that doesn’t matter? All in all just seems like not the best kind of reading; but it depends on the skill of the story teller. Herman Hesse is a master, his stories are really full of story. Anyway though, the physical act of reading trains your attention to be linear by habit and that’s something that I really don’t need. So if I’m going to read I want it to be thought provoking as hell, not like I’m watching a slow motion movie.