Sunday, June 13, 2010

Every Four Year Sports

by Leann

Okay, I am a sports fan. Except for boxing and other "events" where people are punching each other. But it's amazing how involved I can get in a sport that only comes around every four years. Take the Olympics. I'll even watch curling and stuff like Nordic combined--although marathon type races do find me getting a little sleepy. It's about rooting for your country, I guess. A form of patriotism.

Today, England and the U.S. squared off in a World Cup soccer match. Since the day my son graduated from high school--where he was on the school soccer team--you wouldn't find me searching the TV Guide for soccer matches. But I was sitting there today, all nervous and excited, as the teams faced off. And so what if we tied the game--making it just about as good as a victory for us--on a goalie error. Who cares? Like they say in baseball, whether you win 16-1 or 1-0, a win is still a win. And in soccer, a tie can be a win.

But I'll bet the Brits aren't saying stuff like that. (And I do feel sorry for their goal keeper. He might not be allowed back in the country.)

What about you? Any sports you like? And what is it about these "every once in awhile sports?" Do you tune in even if you're NOT a sports fan?

24 comments:

Rayna M. Iyer said...

Very much a once in 4 years sports fan. The football (sorry, I am from the Commomwealth, so can't call it soccer) madness strikes every 4 years.

Dru said...

I'm not a die-hard sports fan, but I will catch a baseball/basketball game or two on TV. I may even attend a game.

I will, however, root for my hometown team, no matter what sports is played.

You are right about the Olympics, I'd never imagine myself watching curling, track and field, water polo or the others on a regular basis.

Katie said...

I am a die hard sports fan. I will watch any sport anytime. I LOVE soccer. I have a hard time watching it because I used to play and really miss playing.

my sport of choice to watch is baseball :)

misterreereeder said...

Can't say I am a die-hard sports fan .... but do have my moments. I enjoy the college football bowl games. And I used to watch college basketb all ... not on tv though. My favorite professional sport is baseball - which reminds be of a quote that went something like this - "Beisball been very very good to me." Speaking of quotes, Yogi Berra was kind of like the Mark Twain of baseball.

Leann Sweeney said...

Glad I'm not alone. But will I watch ALbania play Nigeria? Not sure. (Are they playing????)

jbstanley said...

With the exception of the NHL and the NBA, I can get sucked into just about any sports game on TV. I love college football and watch it every weekend - it's one of my favorite things about fall. Next college basketball season starts, but like you, I wanted to watch the US/England match and am a huge Olympics junkie. I keep it on all day!

Leann Sweeney said...

Oh, and my favorite Yogi Berra quote. "It's deja vu all over again." :-)

Kelley said...

I am a total sports freak! I can watch just about any sport (except hockey and bowling), but my favorite is college football. I even have season tickets to the college games in my hometown. I will watch the World Cup, but am not a huge fan of soccer; but my husband loves it and it is the USA, so I will watch!

I also love baseball, college or pro, and can watch any team play, though I do have favorites. And the Olympics is one of my favorite events to watch, no matter what event is on.

Rural View said...

I'm a huge sports fan, like my mom and my mother-in-law. The men in both families can take them or leave them. We always have season tickets to men's and women's basketball at a nearby university, and right now we're glued to the college baseball super-regionals. College sports are definitely my favorite, but I have never gotten into soccer or hockey. We won't be watching that FIFA madness.

Leann Sweeney said...

I used to be such a huge hockey fan growing up but then all the fighting started and I couldn't take it. I think they've toned it down recently and the playoffs are always pretty clean.

Angeline said...

I'm not a competitive person. I guess that's why I can't get into sports.

Leann Sweeney said...

I was always TERRIBLE at the sports I tried to play in school. Too short for basketball, couldn't swim fast enough, last pick, even for kick ball. So maybe I am not so much competitive, but living vicariously through the talents of others. :-)

Lover of Books said...

I was in France for the 98 world cup and LOVE Football. No I can't call it the other word either. lol I came home before they won but have been hooked ever since. I worked yesterday so I missed the match so am glad to hear of the outcome! :)

Krista

Babs said...

I played sports in highscool and college ( volleyball, Softball and Basketball). There are a few sports I like. I love Football, Baseball, Hockey and Nascar. I also like watching College and beach volleyball.

caryn said...

BIG sports fans in this house. We watch pro football, baseball and hockey. We watch Big Ten (which now has 12 members..) football and basketball.
I nearly take root in the den during the olympics and both my son and daughter are in danger of putting down roots now that the world cup is on. Me? I only wathc the world cup when the Us is playing-and I still haven't figured out how the clock works in this sport-this seems to be a game where the clock runs out then starts going the other direction (?) and then abruptly it ends whether anyone has won or not.

Mariandy said...

I don't totally understand soccer (um, football), but during the 2006 World Cup, I realized that it really is "the beautiful game." It's fun to watch. The players are amazing athletes. I'd watch every single game if I had the time!

Helen Kiker said...

I love all of the unusual sports so I watch as many hours of Olympics as possible. I also like NFL football, golf, tennis, gymnastics, ice skating but do not care for soccer or cricket. When my husband was teaching we went to all the school events like swimming, diving, lacrosse, fencing and wrestling.

Leann Sweeney said...

Seems like we have lots of us who enjoy sports! And I will try to call soccer "football" and call our football "NFL football!"

signlady217 said...

Hey, nobody mentioned golf (does that mean it's not really a sport?) :) My husband loves it, so I know way too much about that one!

My favorites are American football (Go, Jaguars!) and baseball (Go, Cardinals!). And I love the Olympics, especially the ice skating and ice dancing (and I have a huge crush on Evan Lysachek!) My husband likes the summer Olympics better, because he used to be on his high school swim team, and he ran track.

Leann Sweeney said...

I LOVE golf. I even have a fantasy golf team. Yup. Honest. You know what I like best? The scenery. Because of all my allergies--and I have a slew--I love seeing the gorgeous courses. Streams, woods, even the birds and an occasional gator and turtles they show. So golf is on my list.

Heather Webber said...

I watch a lot of sports--it helps that I live with a couple of sports nuts. We've been watching the World Cup and baseball and basketball and pretty much any running event that's on TV. I was even watching Big Ten gymnastics last week (how do they do that???).

Leann Sweeney said...

Since my gymnastics career ended before it ever started--I was lucky I could do a "forward roll"--I cannot say. But my nephew is a wonderful gymnast and is a full time coach in Seattle. It's a special talent.

Rural View said...

Do you turn the sound off during the FIFA TV coverage? Those horns would drive me crazy in short order.

Leann Sweeney said...

YES!!!! OMG, my husband about crawled out of his skin. He has a hearing problem so he hears best at lower decibels--like those horns. I couldn't stand being at a live game, that's for sure.