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Old 10-30-08, 01:51 PM   #1
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The appeal of baseball and football?

Why do you watch/follow baseball/football?
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Old 10-30-08, 01:54 PM   #2
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I would only follow Sumo if I could see it often in the US
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I don't

but the appeal lies in understanding the strategies, the 'inside game' if you will. The more you know the chess match that goes on all season long, the more you can appreciate the finer points in these time-honored American past times.

either that, or they just go good with beer....
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I do not watch or follow baseball. I watch football because it is an intrinsic and intimate part of the Texas culture. High school football is king in Texas on Friday nights and college football rules the day on Saturday.

If it involves the Dallas Cowboys, I will watch the game most likely, but the NFL has lost much of it's lustre in the eye of jsharr. Overpaid prima donnas. The quarterback is untouchable. Players like PacMan Jones being paid to be arseholes. Owners like Jerry Jones ruining the integrity of a once great game all have added up to make me not really like the NFL any longer.
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Old 10-30-08, 01:58 PM   #5
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Go to McDonalds when Big Macs are on sale.
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I watch football cuz I used to play in HS & College and I like the sport. I enjoy rooting for my team (NY Giants) and seeing who is doing well or not. I really can't sit through a whole game though with th commercials and all. just too many. I guess I need to get a Tivo

Professional playoff football is about as great as a sporting event can get.

I am not a face painter or anything, I just enjoy following it.

You can take baseball though. It ranks right up there with golf as a spectator sport.
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Used to play baseball.
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Why do you watch/follow baseball/football?
I don't watch or follow either. Only special circumstances (they must be pretty special) will cause me to watch them. I used to play baseball for about 7 or 8 years as a kid and even then I didn't enjoy watching/following it.
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to be fair, watching a bike race (on TV) is pretty boring, unless we're talking a mountain stage of a grand tour...or maybe a good TT
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Eating big macs may not help you get to sumo size. Just ask Don Gorske.

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Why do you watch/follow baseball/football?
Baseball becuase it puts me to sleep, i.e., it helps with insomnia.

Football because it's entertaining, an incredible display of specific athletic skill and precision team work.
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I love the NFL (don't get into the college game too much) and watch it throughout the season. That being said I usually only watch an entire game if the Skins are playing. To me football's just one of those games that seem made for TV viewing.

Baseball I only watch during the playoffs or if I've got tickets to a game.
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Eating big macs may not help you get to sumo size. Just ask Don Gorske.

W3rd.

I remember him from "Supersize Me". He doesn't eat the fries which may be the key...
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Old 10-30-08, 03:23 PM   #14
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90% of his solid food intake is Big Macs. If he only eats 2.3 per day, that is only half of the daily calories a body needs. All of the gleaned from Wiki.
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Old 10-30-08, 03:24 PM   #15
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Football, when well played, is a fun game to watch.

You have to really enjoy the intricacies of baseball to enjoy the game. It helps to be doing something else while watching baseball as well.
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Baseball? I used to play it. Was pretty good and enjoyed it, but playing and watching are two very different things. The Yankees of the early 80's killed my enjoyment of the game. Rampant free-agency and ridiculous salaries and ticket prices made me despise it.

Football? Different animal. There is action, and even though the salaries are crazy-high, any play could be a player's last - so they deserve more reward for their proportionally higher risk than baseball players.

That said, I prefer a good soccer match, or a bicycle race to "American football".
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Baseball? Never. I go to a major league game in person every 5 years or so and enjoy the beer.

Football? Never.

Formula 1 racing? Every race. Every post-race podcast. Every website.
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I like the tension in baseball. Yes it can be boring at times, but for me, the anticipation leads to suspense. 90% of what I enjoy in baseball is the so-called "game within the game", which is the one on one match-up between the batter and pitcher. That's most of the essence of baseball right there. I love watching a good pitcher pitch.

I also like the fact that there's a game damn near every night. It's fun to follow, and you can discuss it to death like no other sport. It's more easily quantifiable (stats) than most (all?) other sports, which makes it fun to talk about too.

I love the strategy involved in football. A lot of people think it's just a bunch of hulking guys running into each other, but it's much more than that. It can be a pretty complex game actually.

In all sports I appreciate watching the grace of skilled athletes doing what they do best.

And of course, there's the emotional attachment of rooting for your home team.
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I concur with much of Zorro's reasons.

I still like to go to pro baseball games, don't watch them on TV so much. And I used to play. I love college baseball. It's not a game you have to pay close attention to.

American football is ridiculously complex. Every position is so specialized. When it is well played, it is amazing to watch. When it's bad, it's ugly. And yes there are the hazards of the game. It is simply a spectacle.

Funny the OP didn't mention basketball. I have little use for it. International football (soccer) is boring to me.

Bicycle races are pretty cool, but you don't have to pay much attention. just check for updates.


auto racing? take it or leave it....
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i don't follow it, mostly because i can't identify with or feel any kind of connection with the players, but once in a while i'll have a game on in the background.
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Why do you watch/follow baseball/football?
Of course. Mets, Giants, Jets. What kind of friggin bike dweeb do you take me for? I'm not like these other friggin dorkbusters here. I'm a red-blooded American male, secure in his manhood, but sophisticated enough to eschew NASCAR and the WWF.

Barely.
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Keep people caring about ***** that doesn't REALLY matter in the world so they do not think of the things that do. Dumb down the society and complete control will be yours. Roman games anyone?
Sports are boring! And, unfortunately, since some of my friends are into them I don't see them so much this time of year.
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Keep people caring about ***** that doesn't REALLY matter in the world so they do not think of the things that do. Dumb down the society and complete control will be yours. Roman games anyone?
Sports are boring! And, unfortunately, since some of my friends are into them I don't see them so much this time of year.
You don't have any hobbies that are merely diversions?
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I don't consider sitting around and staring at the TV and yelling a hobby, sorry.
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