2/7/05

Superbowl....that's football, right?

I'm not what you'd consider a sports fan. It's not that I don't like sports, it's just that I don't like watching people I don't know play sports on TV. There is truly nothing in the world more boring to me with the possible exception of browsing the bargain rack at JC Penney's with my wife.

I would gladly trade my 14 ESPN channels for one music video channel that actually played music videos. I would consider it a good trade even if all they played was Tony Basil's "Mickey Mickey" video over and over, 24 hours a day. I think I have inherited some anti-sports female recessive gene from my mother's side. I would say it was a gay gene from my great uncle, but he knows way more about sports than I do.

I don't watch baseball, golf, tennis, basketball, hockey, curling, football or any other sport on television, or in person. I know very little about any of these, and know less about the people that play them professionally. I am fine with that. I will admit that I actually understand the rules to baseball, tennis, golf and basketball. In fact, I've played baseball and golf with some measure of success, and tennis and basketball with almost none. On the curling thing, I might be able to fake it, but only if I were the guy with the broom. Hockey, well...I'm pretty sure all you have to be able to do is skate, have an above-average kidney punch, and hit people in the face with sticks.

When it comes to football, however, I am completely clueless. I've somehow managed to reach middle age without having the slightest idea what is going on. The announcers just confuse the hell out of me.

I flipped on the game tonight for a few seconds to see if I could catch some of the half-time show, but I guess I was too early or too late because it wasn't on. I stared at the screen for a while to see if I could figure out which one it was -- early or late -- but after about 30 seconds, I gave up. The announcer said something about New England having the most sacks. I'm not completely sure what he meant by that, but I think it has something to with how many times the quarterback had been hit in the crotch so far. Let me give you an example of the depth of my football knowledge.

Here is what I know: In football, unlike baseball, there is usually a set amount of time for each game. I only know this from waiting for pre-empted programs to come on after the game is over. I don't have to wait as long as I sometimes do for baseball, which can apparently go on forever in total disregard for any and all previously scheduled programming. I also know that there are two teams in each football game. I also know that the teams are usually different colors.

That's it.

So assume for a moment that I am sitting at home on a sunday, and I turn on the television. For some strange reason, as I'm flipping channels, I actually notice that there is a football game on.

I watch the screen carefully.

After a few minutes, I am able to discern that Team 1 consists of red guys, and Team 2 consists of blue guys. I watch the television for a few minutes more.

I see some guy in a striped shirt blow a whistle, and the red and blue guys stop trying to kill each other for a second, and line up facing each other. Then one guy screams some stuff, someone tries to throw a ball, and they attack each other again.

Strategically speaking, I can make more sense out of the battle scenes in the Lord of the Rings movies than I can about what is going on in a football game.

The worst thing about this is that I fall flat on my face in casual sports conversations. I started out attempting to learn just enough about any big game to be able to fake it for a few minutes, but that was too painful, so now I just admit my weakness. If someone says "Who do you like in the big game? The fortysixers or the bluewings?" I usually say, "Um, that's [football/baseball/basketball/curling], right?" Followed by a weak laugh. I've stopped getting invited to superbowl sunday and world series parties. I don't have any idea why people go mad in march, or exactly what it is they are mad for. I still get the occasional pity invite from my friend Troy, but he doesn't really understand the depth of my aversion.

Put it this way -- I actually hate the sound of sports announcers and crowds coming out of a TV. Any TV. It is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. When my personal television is the one in question, it's almost as if it's been defiled. After my Dad leaves my house on Thanksgiving, I feel compelled to get the Lysol out and scrub the sports residue off the screen.

On the other hand, I have much more free time than the average joe. I have time to read novels, make furniture, workout, go backpacking and screw around with things like these here blogs.

Anyway, whoever you rooted for, I hope you made big money on it, because that is the only reason I could think of to even care who wins.

Thinking about it now, I'm pretty sure my sports hormone deficiency is the major reason my wife married me. I'll have to bring that up someday when I'm bored out of my skull in JC Penny's. I'll let you know how it goes.

10 comments:

  1. The Canadian version of the game is MUCH better. You have to drink a molson after every first down. The game actually makes less sense, but after a while you don't care.
    I now hate the superbowl because of all the hype (does anybody think a 5 hour pregame show is too much? No?? How about 20 minutes to sing the national anthem?) and the fact that they make such a big deal about the commercials. Hello - they're fucking COMMERCIALS.
    But I've got issues.

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  2. Anonymous11:26 AM

    Shaddup Shamus, I almost cried during that commercial with the soliders in the airport.

    And those commercials by the bank that sponsored the halftime show were pretty funny ("You're being robbed" and the store owners beat the snots out of him - how topical, we were just talking about something simliar to that last week at lunch, and the other one, where they guy seems to be killing his cat just as his date arrives)

    But, well, ...yeah, other than that the whole thing is dumb.

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  3. You may very well be the perfect man. Your wife is a lucky woman!

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  4. By "perfect man" she means woman and by "your wife" she means your husband. I seriously can't begin to comprehend you sports apathy but the idea of more freetime is interesting to me.

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  5. I remember when MTV still had the M in it. I have no idea how it "evolved" into what it is today. Fuse is the best thing right now...

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  6. Don't feel bad - my husband also has no interest in sports (although possibly not a complete aversion), and it is indeed one of the reasons I married him - because we don't have to plan out time together around what "season" it is. your wife is indeed lucky, and I'm sure she knows it!

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  7. Anonymous11:23 AM

    Im a girl and I love football. It took me a little explaining before I understood it, but I like that its a little more complex than just "basket: one point". I guess it is just fun to get hooked on something? However, I understand not caring, too, but when you think about it, all things are kinda gay. People care about shows and books and movies and those are all just fiction. It isn't much different if you ask me.

    Have I lost you?

    Im not even sure if you can read comments from entries this old. You should really say something in a new entry like, "yes, I do actually read comments from entries I wrote three years ago" so we know we aren't wasting our time.

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  8. Forget about the sports, the part of this post that resonated most with me is that you referred to yourself as middle-aged. I'm fairly certain that we are "of an age" and until I read this I did not consider myself in the middle of anything, least of all my life expectancy. Thanks. I have to go write my will now.

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  9. "yes, I do actually read comments from entries I wrote three years ago" and no, you aren't wasting your time. :)

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