I often think I'm a bit unusual for being male and not being a fan of the usual "manly" sports. There's no way I'm going to spend my precious hours watching baseball, football, soccer, basketball, wrestling, boxing, etc. Basketball seems especially ludicrous to me. After all, you have these hyper-growth guys who've practiced their lives away just to get proficient at throwing a big, brown ball through a hoop. Golf is pretty much the same, except you don't have to be tall to excel. The idea of clubbing and chasing a tiny ball around in the heat and cold is just plain craziness to my way of thinking. Most men, however, seem to like these activities. So, just how rare is my failure to have an interest in these sports? By the way, all through high school, I was so unformed that I faked my interest in the usual sports, even going so far as to join a team. I was miserable the entire season.
I got a lot of crap when I was a kid because I liked video games instead of watching sports. Like, somehow I'm the pathetic one because I prefer to PLAY a game than to watch other people play one.
I don't like participating in sports because no part of the endeavor is pleasant to me, and I have some pretty hellish sensation issues as a side effect of ADHD or a potential spectrum disorder: I get violently angry when my face is wet. Especially if I can't get it off my face. It becomes the only thing I'm aware of and it's an equivalent level of unpleasant distraction as nails on a chalkboard for minutes at a time.
I've caused myself pretty serious harm before because I couldn't get my face dry when I was already in an anxiety-elevated emotional state. So running around with a bunch of violent, aggressive (both major anxiety triggers) douche-bros screaming and yelling and hitting/smashing into each other...i'd rather swallow razorblades sideways with a lemon juice and vinegar chaser.
It seems unusual, yet I think it's more prevalent that we think. I just don't get the obsession with sports. The "must watch" attitude seems to be pathological for men who watch sports. The most disturbing thing about this pathology is the proof that football causes horrible changes to the brain, including, depression and suicide and still people will watch.
If it's on TV I'll sometimes watch a bit of any sport (except golf) but not with particular interest. I've never played any competitive sports outside of the compulsory school stuff and I think the lack of interest may be related to my non-aggressive confrontation-avoiding personality (not necessarily a good thing btw). But I've enjoyed a lot of non-competitive sports over the years. Mainly climbing but a fair bit of canoeing, cycling etc. I've never enjoyed running though!
I was never really able to culture an interest in sports.. I played lots of sports as a kid..but I quit sports after school.
I watch a little rugby when Ireland are playing..and a couple of world cup games..but don't follow sports at all really..no real interest...
I was born without the sports gene. Which is apparently not hereditary because my father did have it. However, he was not crazy about it like some guys are and seemed to keep sports in perspective and treated it as a game and not as a religion.
Not only did I have no interest in sports I was not very good at them. When I was a kid that was viewed as some kind of a personal deficiency. It was like, "you're a boy, you have to like sports otherwise you can't be a boy." Well, I have survived to age 61 without ever being into sports and am still very much male and heterosexual. So I guess "they" were wrong.
I grew up in Pittsburgh in the 70's. I was real tight with my grandfather, and I guess from his perspective men should watch sports, so naturally he turned me onto a bunch of sports. Now the thing is, back in the early 70's pittsburgh was not a city of winners. And then The Pirates won 2 world series, the penguins won a stanley cup, and the Steelers won 4 superbowls. Seing all that happen as I was growing up had a great impact on me.
I don't really watch most sports any more, but I am, and always be a Steelers fan for life.
Rob, fret not. I have essentially no interest in those sports you've highlighted, except perhaps at playoff time IF, and only if, I happen to be at a friend's place when the game/event comes on; and then, it's basically just for the free beer and food, in that order.
I have played many sports, or "done" them, would probably be a better word: surfing (50+ yrs), tennis, racquetball, skiing, volleyball, and my lifesaver which I still do, mountainbiking. I have tremendously enjoyed being a lifelong participant, but as far as just watching, no thanks.
The worst involves animals for the reasons we all know. So I won't open that can of blood.
The next worse is driving around a track turning to the left multiple times. It is the most absurd thing white people do, except defending the sacred lawn. But that is not yet a sport.
My late husband did not give 2 shits about sports. Once in a great while he'd watch MMA but that's it. He also hated sweets, so no cake for birthdays. Yeah... the toll for that was he would watch every WWll thing ever created, but I was ok with that, altho found it amusing.