Watch American football? Unfortunately I was bored to death just last week by accidentally tuning into The Bachelor.
Watch baseball? Baseball can be fun to watch but the fact that I have no motivation whatsoever to find out whether there are baseball games on anywhere, is a pretty good indicator for how much I care about it.
Watch ice-hockey? If I want to see a bunch of toothless guys beat each other up in a game I don’t understand and probably will never understand, I might as well go right ahead and watch WrestleMania 4000.
Watch cricket? Haha, that one always cracks me up!
I know, deep in my mind, that there is one sport I am at least slightly interested in, apart from football (soccer) and that is basketball. I mean yes, it’s basically 10 guys running from one side of a field to the other, throwing a ball through a hoop every 30 seconds until one teams fails to do so and loses, but it looks fun on TV! The crowd always goes crazy in basketball matches, too. That is what’s very important to me, as a football (soccer) fan: The atmosphere.
Actually, the WCBN Sports crew is going to the next basketball game at Chrysler together... until they read this. Now they’ll probably uninvite me... And rightfully so! If I judged football (soccer) as hard as all the American sports – and cricket – it would sound just as boring and stupid. 22 guys running from one side of a field to the other, trying to kick a ball into a net once every 90 minutes.
That sounds dumb as fudge, doesn’t it? So what was the reason for me to write this article again? Well, since I caught the attention of pretty much every European by making fun of American sports – and cricket – I now want to deliver this message to them: Give American sports – and cricket – a chance to make you feel just as passionate and emotional as football (soccer) does. Well, actually not cricket, because cricket is really boring, no matter how you look at it; but the American sports. Sure, there are enough interruptions in an American football game to last an entire football (soccer) season and, yes, spotting the puck in an ice-hockey match is probably the greatest achievement of a man’s lifetime. However, you cannot let you keep that from loving the heat, from feeling the same thing 20.000 other fans are feeling right there with you in that moment, when you all cry, laugh, scream and shout together.
Sports! Sports are about friendship and emotions. They’re about letting out a side of you, you wouldn’t show anywhere else and maybe didn’t even know you had. That is what all sports are about. And that’s what all sports have in common – except for cricket. There is no such thing as “no sports”! You just have to let new sports capture your heart! And that’s what I will do until the greatest sport of them all returns next weekend!