My mother disagrees. If you really want to hear the story behind this discussion, you can stay after class, but it made me think about the different reasons people enjoy watching sports. I had to explain it to one of my nerd friends once:
- It is a contest in which I get to root for someone. Picking a side is fun. Good guys and bad guys.
- That rooting for someone is often regional. A form of community spirit.
- Sometimes, I just need to scream about something. I believe I have mentioned that I scream so much during football that my cat is afraid of the theme song for Monday Night Football. Sports are a socially acceptable thing to scream about. (It is also a socially acceptable reason to drink to excess, but I wouldn't know anything about that.)
- It is a relatively safe subject when one is required to converse with strangers.
- It is a relatively safe subject when one is inclined to pick a fight with friends or family.
And he got away with it.
For me, sports are great fun when my teams are winning, and not too hard to shake off when they aren't. (I believe Joy said it takes half of Monday morning for me to get over a bad Bears loss.) A low risk emotional investment.
And tonight, I have two teams in the playoffs.