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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

HIGH ALERT: Sports Fans Needed

I can understand someone not liking anchovies. But whenever I hear someone say they don't like sports, my reaction is about the same as when someone says they don't like music, i.e. what's not to like? BTW, I like anchovies.

That said, although I could be asked to relinquish my gender card confessing this, when it comes to discussing, reading about, or following sports I am, at best, indifferent. Being a spectator? Less than indifferent. Why then, this post, not the first of which has used sports as a hook in its title ? Simple - I will stoop to any level to attract readers.

So, as a less-than-indifferent spectator, I'd like the opinion of sports fans. With respect to watching, regardless of which sports you play or perhaps even excel in, I submit every sport has relative merit.  Let's call it that sport's excitement index. Sports fans, how would you rank - most exciting to least - the following five in my index? Basketball, bowling, curling, golf, tennis.

Once you've got those five ranked, unless curling is your #1, proceed to step two and slot these next five somewhere into a top ten: Baseball, figure skating, football, horse racing, skiing. The hit parade has top twenty so to get sports on an even playing field with music, add bicycle racing, boxing, ice hockey, lacrosse, long distance running, pool, racecar driving, soccer, swimming, surfing to round out the top twenty. If any sports fan has trouble ranking from #1 down to #20, let me suggest you pretend you have to pay to watch. I think you'll discover my excitement index, less-than-indifferent spectator or not, has some face validity.

23 comments:

  1. I'll play along but my list is 23. I added Volleyball, MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and Wrestling.

    There are many other factors to consider that weigh into viewability for me such as:

    College Football vs NFL
    Women's Volleyball vs Men's
    Playoff Baseball vs Regular season
    Triple Crown vs any other horse race
    Downhill skiing versus Cross Country
    US Open or Wimbledon versus any other tennis
    FIFA World Cup Final?

    But here is my list:

    Lacrosse
    Football
    MMA
    Tennis
    Volleyball
    Wrestling
    Swimming
    Surfing
    Golf
    Baseball
    Bowling
    Skiing
    Horse Racing
    Basketball
    Hockey
    Car Racing
    Figure Skating
    Bicycle Racing
    Boxing
    Pool
    Curling
    Long Distance Running
    Soccer


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    1. Chris; Wow, what a comprehensive comment! I'm impressed by 1.) You ranking all twenty sports I listed and ... 2.) adding three of your own. Why am I unsurprised by your #1 choice? Hmmmm...

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  2. I do pay to watch every Yankee game I can. We just had our quarterback quit so football is out. All others, if I see it is an accident.

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    1. Ed; Thanks for commenting. Why am I not surprised you picked this post to comment on? I guess my "hook" to sports fans (at least the ones that see my FB posts) worked on you. Ha!

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  3. basketball
    soccer
    track
    baseball
    hockey

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  4. Anonymous; Thanks for comment. FYI, basketball is close to the top of my excitement index as well!

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