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Old 12-10-2015, 03:24 PM   #41
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There are cheaper alternative for sports fans to watch without breaking the bank. I periodically go see the minor league teams of Bruins and Red Sox at a fraction of the cost of the pro teams. I'm just fortunate to live within a 30 minutes commute to the pro and minor league venues.

But if you're not a sports fan you wouldn't enjoy the games regardless of cost.
I agree. We are a 15 minute walk to a Class A team. The talent level is good, but they sometimes make little league mistakes. It's great fun though, and more of a social event for most of the people.

I like going to Web.com golf, too. Seems like the big difference with the pros is putting and scrambling.

In both cases, there is something exciting about watching people trying to get to the top, rather than Prima Donnas that are already there.
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In both cases, there is something exciting about watching people trying to get to the top, rather than Prima Donnas that are already there.
I agree. The minor league athletes play harder and the effort is always there because they cannot afford to take plays off like most of the pros do.
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In grade school back in late 60's/early 70's I used to have a transistor in my pocket with a earpiece snaked up through my shirt sleeve so I could rest my head on my hand and listen to Vince Loyd and Lou Boudroau do the play by play for the Cubs.

It was an early addiction.
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Grew up watching the Colts just like Harley and still not over their move. My dad was a football fan (went to the infamous Super Bowl III) and we watched games on TV together, and somewhere along the way I also became an Orioles fan. He was also into basketball, especially college, and although I don't have an athletic bone in my body, I became the statistician for our HS basketball team which got me much more acquainted with the sport. Then I went to Duke and rarely missed a home BB game. Have also always loved auto racing - my dad was into cars but I don't recall him watching many races on TV.

DH and I enjoy watching college football on TV and occasionally an NFL game. I watch NASCAR and Duke basketball. We all picked up watching soccer/football when we lived in Europe for a few years, now pretty much just watch the big tournaments (men and women).

I could go on but you get the idea - we won't be cutting the cord anytime soon.
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Grew up in a college sports-crazed house. Became a Colts fan when they moved to Indy (sorry, guys) and was always a Pacers fan. Watched the Cubs on WGN after school and have been a fan ever since. Growing up, mom planned days around games (particularly football) though Dad couldn't have cared less.

As I've gotten older and married, I don't have to see every game, though I like to. I no longer let the outcomes of games I can't control have much effect on my mood, though I admit I did up till a few years ago. I don't want to be like that and there is much more to my life now too.

I play fantasy football and participate in buy-in NCAA tournament pools and a weekly football confidence picking pool. I make one or two individual game bets every year for he hell of it and with a smallish amount of money.

I prefer sports to regular TV, but find as much joy in a good book as I do in any random sports game.

Prefer NFL to college (college football ceased to be "amateur" long ago).
Prefer college to NBA (little guys still have a chance).
Like baseball in general.
Couldn't care less about hockey.
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Grew up playing soccer, basketball, and running. Still run and do tris and play golf occasionally.

Sport will always be part of my life, both participation and spectating. My wife and I love going to baseball and football games together, with a goal of hitting every MLB ballpark at some point. Sports are something we share and one of the things that brought my family together and my wife and I too.
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Haha, I used to bet on both teams, and get spreads that would assure that I would never lose, and possibly win both bets if I hit in the middle. I think I was the inventor of the over/under bet After that, I set my sights on inventing the internet

My buddy only bets ovr/unders. That is his addiction. Back in middle school I really didn't think I was doing anything wrong. I remember getting the idea from watching Jimmy the Greek on NFL today giving the lines and his bets. When teacher asked what I was doing with the money, I remember telling her...Were making bets on NFL games and I am the bank. I remember having a 50 cent limit as I couldn't handle a big loss. She sent me straight to the office. I made a few dollars I remember as she didn't notice evidently for a few weeks.


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haha that's great. I quit when two kids realized I was betting against both of them.
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haha that's great. I quit when two kids realized I was betting against both of them.

Betting is an interesting phenomena... I think its a gene you are born with. Some people I know can blow a $100 on something stupid and not bat an eye, but cant stomach to lose a $20 bet. I read Aussie's are the worst...an article said they would bet on which fly would climb the wall the fastest.


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My interest in sports has dropped to nearly zero in the last 20-25 years. Back when I was a kid, a teenager, and a college student, I was a big sports fan, going to many pro baseball, basketball, and hockey games. But as the 1970s and 1980s became the 1990s, a few things happened to lessen my interest in sports.


(1) Increasing off-the-field issues made it tougher to stay interested. These included labor issues, drug issues, and personal problems for the players. Finding actual stories about the games in the newspapers became a tougher and tougher task. When baseball had its strike in 1994, I was rooting for it to NOT get resolved until the end of the 1995 season.


(2) I began working full-time and didn't have the time or energy to go to many games any more. Games were ending so late I couldn't stay up to watch them or get home in time to get to sleep at a reasonable time.


(3) Games on TV were becoming more an endless barrage of advertising surrounding a small amount of action. Baseball, for instance, began having ads on the walls behind home plate so the centerfield camera shot was a nonstop ad. Similarly, more and more games moving to cable TV (I didn't get cable until 1996) made it tougher for me to watch the games.


(4) My interest in pro sports was helped by being a frequent Strat-o-Matic player through the 1970s and most of the 1980s. But as my interest in sports waned, my interest in playing Strat went down with it. I have enjoyed a Strat revival in the last 10 years but only as it relates to the older cards (from the 1970s and 1980s) I still own.
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(1) Increasing off-the-field issues made it tougher to stay interested. ...

(2) I began working full-time and didn't have the time or energy to go to many games any more. ...


(3) Games on TV were becoming more an endless barrage of advertising surrounding a small amount of action. ...


(4) My interest in pro sports was helped by being a frequent Strat-o-Matic player through the 1970s and most of the 1980s. ...

I can relate to all of this. Strat-o-Matic baseball, wow! That really brings back some great childhood memories.

One thing that has struck me about TV "coverage" of sports (OK, I'm slow). Back in the day, that's what it was, the game was going on and the TV was there. Now, however, the entire pace of televised sports (with the exception of soccer?) is dictated by the needs of TV. Baseball games are now routinely over 3 hours and football games are parades of showboating and commercials interspersed with an occasional football play. And don't even get me started on "TV time outs" in basketball.

I just ran across my favorite Bob Gibson story. Seems the Cardinals were on the Game of the Week sometime in the mid-60's and a TV exec approached one of the Cardinals staffers asking him if they could get Gibson to take more time warming up between innings so that they could fit in their 1:00 minute of commercial time. The staffer answered, in essence, "No way in hell am I asking him that." At that time, there was no doubt that the game took priority over the TV side. Now, they had to create a stupid clock just to get the half inning break to 2:45 seconds (2:25 for local). Gotta have time for ads.

The only people who seem to have fought this battle to a reasonable draw are the rich farts who run the Masters. But that's a group of people who are accustomed to getting their own way.
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I do watch some sports, sometimes. But I don't follow team sports at all. I am female and these are my views on watching sports:

REASONS TO WATCH SPORTS:

1) I can relate to wanting to see sports if one participates in the same sport on a regular basis. For example, golfers wanting to watch golf, because they can appreciate good form and maybe even learn from watching it. The same goes for those in a softball league or skaters who watch ice skating.

2) Another reason for wanting to see sports, is to admire muscular, fit bodies and what the ultra-fit human body can do. Individual sports are best for this, IMO. I like watching boxing and gymnastics and track for that reason, for example. Those rippling muscles inspire me to get back to the gym and work out! Not that I would ever be that fit but it's an inspiration. When I watch sports, this is usually the reason why.

3) Horse racing is fun to watch because the horses seem so healthy and I like to guess which one will win based on what they look like and how they walk before the race. No way would I bet on a horse, though.

4) Watching sports is fun if you know a participant personally. When I was in university, the biggest football star at that school that year was in my 20 person American History class (with his "handler" who guided him from class to class, took notes for him, and so on). He seemed nice and I loved watching college football games that he was in, on TV that year. I don't know anybody who I would see on TV any more, though. So, this reason does not apply to me right now.


REASONS NOT TO WATCH SPORTS:

1) To me, betting belongs in a casino and I go there if I want to gamble. I can't see betting on sports because of all the corruption we hear about. I'd rather sit at the quarter slot machines where the odds are better known. I don't even do that much any more.

2) Also, here, there is a whole social scene revolving around Saints games, that I guess is rather repugnant to those who aren't staggering drunk. I just have no desire to be part of that. I do like it when the Saints win, because to me they are a symbol of New Orleans' recovery from the hurricane. But I don't usually watch the games or go to tailgate parties.

3) Speaking of which, many team sports like football games involve a huge amount of time during which nothing is going on. Why would I want to watch a bunch of people standing around on a football field. Not my cup of tea.
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1) I can relate to wanting to see sports if one participates in the same sport on a regular basis. For example, golfers wanting to watch golf, because they can appreciate good form and maybe even learn from watching it. The same goes for those in a softball league or skaters who watch ice skating.

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Quick variant of this one. Since I've played several courses where golf tournaments are played, it can be fun to watch the pros play those same courses. The TV often doesn't do the courses justice in terms of showing slopes and difficulty. Having been there, I have a greater appreciation for what the golfers are facing.
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Quick variant of this one. Since I've played several courses where golf tournaments are played, it can be fun to watch the pros play those same courses. The TV often doesn't do the courses justice in terms of showing slopes and difficulty. Having been there, I have a greater appreciation for what the golfers are facing.
Even better! That's a great reason to watch golf.
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I participated in basketball, track, and baseball in HS, and over the years have watched, and attended, games. Still enjoy going occasionally, particularly baseball and hockey, but prefer the comfort of, and the view from, my couch.

Mostly watch NFL games these days, unless the weather is nice or something else beckons. Pro football consists of a Thursday game, then three on Sunday, then another on Monday, which is roughly fifteen hours of sitting on the sofa...

I do prefer pro sports, pampered millionaires notwithstanding, because generally they are the best. Having played various sports badly, I can appreciate the talent required to play at the pro level.
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I participated in basketball, track, and baseball in HS, and over the years have watched, and attended, games. Still enjoy going occasionally, particularly baseball and hockey, but prefer the comfort of, and the view from, my couch.
Why not participate in basketball or softball now, with other men the same age and condition where the competition isn't too crazy? It could be fun and so healthy. Or, you could do track on your own at the gym, without even having to find a good team to join.

Maybe I am wrong, but sometimes I think that watching pro sports on TV keeps us from being active ourselves. So many of our local Saints fans are complete couch potatoes.

I forgot to mention in my post above, about how much more fun it is for me to watch the Tour de France on TV while riding on my stationary bike, then just from the couch. Granted, a stationary bike is not quite the same but when I am watching them I ride longer and put more effort into it, and feel almost like part of what I am watching. When I'm not riding my bike, it is pretty boring.
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Why not participate in basketball or softball now, with other men the same age and condition where the competition isn't too crazy? It could be fun and so healthy. Or, you could do track on your own at the gym, without even having to find a good team to join.

Maybe I am wrong, but sometimes I think that watching pro sports on TV keeps us from being active ourselves. So many of our local Saints fans are complete couch potatoes.

I forgot to mention in my post above, about how much more fun it is for me to watch the Tour de France on TV while riding on my stationary bike, then just from the couch. Granted, a stationary bike is not quite the same but when I am watching them I ride longer and put more effort into it, and feel almost like part of what I am watching.
Played league softball for several years, but have zero competitive spirit these days. I do bike, walk, and lift to stay active, as well as regular twelve-ounce curls!
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I like college football and basketball but can't watch the pro versions. They just seem like different games. College games are more unpredictable I think. In high school I used to live and die by the Vikings. Now I don't follow them at all. And yes Dawg it is often hard to be a Gopher fan.
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I'm not big into watching any specific major sports, but I do admire sports organizations that are worthy. The University of Wisconsin Badger basketball team plays in a style some people used to call "blue collar." This is a down year for the Badgers, but it was good to see them rise to knock off Syracuse last week.

My alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, won the NCAA Division III national championships in men's football, basketball and baseball in the 2013-2014 academic year -- an unprecedented achievement in NCAA history. I keep track of how they're doing online and try to catch a game now and then.
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Mostly watch NFL games these days, unless the weather is nice or something else beckons. Pro football consists of a Thursday game, then three on Sunday, then another on Monday, which is roughly fifteen hours of sitting on the sofa...
I would add that I was illustrating how many hours one could spend watching NFL games each week, not to mention if one watches college football, and/or other sports.

About the only time I'll catch all five televised games in a week is if there's ice or snow, or sub-freezing temps.
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I'm not big into watching any specific major sports, but I do admire sports organizations that are worthy. The University of Wisconsin Badger basketball team plays in a style some people used to call "blue collar." This is a down year for the Badgers, but it was good to see them rise to knock off Syracuse last week.

My alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, won the NCAA Division III national championships in men's football, basketball and baseball in the 2013-2014 academic year -- an unprecedented achievement in NCAA history. I keep track of how they're doing online and try to catch a game now and then.
Could not believe the Badgers lost to my alma mater - WIU ! I like watching the Badgers as well (like their their style of play). ND is my favorite though.
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