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(Mother Nature Network)   Being a sports fan is awesome. Except for all the heart attacks, car accidents, susceptibility to advertising, despondency, raised stress hormones, and junk food binges   (mnn.com) divider line 100
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2014-01-07 09:19:09 AM
and time wasted.
 
2014-01-07 09:44:21 AM
And three hours spent in freezing rain.
 
2014-01-07 10:19:59 AM
My brother, a huge Bama fan, would jump up and yell at the television during games.  He would shout obscenity laced advice at the coaches and players.  But the funniest story I remember of him was when he purchased a suit that once belonged to "Bear" Bryant.  He bragged about this to my dad and showed it to him all glowing with my pride(my brother that is).  All my dad wanted to know is if the suit fit my brother.  When he admitted it didn't my dad asked him again how much he paid for it.  It was  a couple of thousand dollars and my dad just shook his head.  He was a bit more practical about things like that.
 
2014-01-07 10:32:32 AM
I'm an Eagles Season Ticket Holder so the despondency is a constant companion. So far, so good on the rest.

/knocks on wood with his right arm because of the persistent shooting pains down the left
 
2014-01-07 10:39:59 AM
Serious sports fans are a sad thing
 
2014-01-07 10:42:02 AM
My stepbrother went to Sunday's Bengals fiasco in Cincy. He and his money were soon parted.
 
2014-01-07 10:44:20 AM
CSB:

A friend/neighbor in my condo complex goes NUTS during 49ers games.  He will pace behind his couch, and rarely sit down.  When SF lost the NFC title game to the Giants a while back, he was so loud and angry, the downstairs neighbors came up to see if everything was okay....they thought he was in an ugly fight with his g/f....and was possibly beating her.

/Go Hawks.
//
 
2014-01-07 10:44:54 AM
Baseball is heart-healthy.
 
2014-01-07 10:45:10 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I'm an Eagles Season Ticket Holder so the despondency is a constant companion. So far, so good on the rest.

/knocks on wood with his right arm because of the persistent shooting pains down the left


Don't spit on me, bro.
 
2014-01-07 10:46:53 AM

tricycleracer: Baseball is heart-healthy.



Not if you're a Mariners fan.
 
2014-01-07 10:49:19 AM
As sad as I am that the Ravens aren't in the playoffs, I have to admit that last weekend's football watching was a lot more relaxing. There were a few moments last year, like during the Ravens-Broncos game, where I'd be so tense up that I almost felt like I was going to pass out when I'd relax after a big play.
 
2014-01-07 10:51:22 AM

The_Sponge: Mr. Coffee Nerves: I'm an Eagles Season Ticket Holder so the despondency is a constant companion. So far, so good on the rest.

/knocks on wood with his right arm because of the persistent shooting pains down the left

Don't spit on me, bro.


That's not included in the basic package anyway. Silky Leon makes me bring back an extra $43 when that's done.
 
2014-01-07 10:58:15 AM
Don't forget about the liver damage.
 
2014-01-07 10:58:42 AM
Chiefs kill me every year.
 
2014-01-07 11:00:21 AM

UDel_Kitty: As sad as I am that the Ravens aren't in the playoffs, I have to admit that last weekend's football watching was a lot more relaxing. There were a few moments last year, like during the Ravens-Broncos game, where I'd be so tense up that I almost felt like I was going to pass out when I'd relax after a big play.


I love the Ravens, but I have an extremely competitive personality and have become quite aware of this, so I often don't even watch the games so there is no chance of getting worked up. My older sister will shout and curse and yell and jump up and down, it's hilarious and sad all at once.
 
2014-01-07 11:07:55 AM
There's a reason the target demographic for sports programming is usually 18-35.   IF you live that long, you start to invest less and less of your mental wellbeing in shiatty (or good) local sports teams.  The guy in his 50s who's still yelling at the TV set and breaking things while scarfing chips and beer is charging headlong toward a heart attack by 60.
 
2014-01-07 11:08:03 AM
And the occasional murder.
 
2014-01-07 11:11:35 AM

tricycleracer: Baseball is heart-healthy.


I guess it depends on how much of a fan you are.
As a Red Sox fan the 2004 post-season was the most cursing, yelling, emotional roller-coaster ride I've ever been through as a sports fan.
It was also the last time I ever did anything like that to myself.

These days I can get a little worked up during a game.
More so at a game than watching at home (I cheer more than pace and I've had to work at not taking any loss or win too seriously)
As a result, I enjoy sports more now than ever before since, all I really want to want to do is cheer good plays, laugh at bad plays, laugh at the whole spectacle and ridiculousness that is following a form of entertainment so closely.
Also the ongoing banter here during game threads helps a lot. The sillier the better :)

Of course all of this may go out the window if the Seahawks make the Superb Owl.

/Stanley Cup Bruins wrecked my resolve a bit too
 
2014-01-07 11:16:00 AM
Just the cost of season tickets and parking is crazy. People spend thousands of dollars a year going to games.
 
2014-01-07 11:20:47 AM
I really should study fanaticism more. If I wear a jersey to imitate belonging to a team, I'm a fan. If I dress as a WoW knight elf mage to go to the store I'm a dangerous lunatic. Dame sifference.
 
2014-01-07 11:20:58 AM
Spectator sports are the Roman spectacles of today, designed to placate and distract the masses while the corporate and government busybodies strip us of our freedom, opportunity and privacy. I don't follow sports at all. Huge waste of time. Imagine how better off our governance would be if all these armchair warriors spent the same effort chasing after government officials, showing up to town meetings, school board meetings, etc.
 
2014-01-07 11:21:27 AM
My big "question" is that there seem to be so many hardcore sports fans that have no actual interest in PLAYING any of the sports... why is it so hard to find people who want to get together for a pickup game of _____ (insert sport here).

Not a jock at all, but my love for playing sports has only gotten stronger as I age.  Wish I had played more team sports younger.
 
2014-01-07 11:22:19 AM
Given how "professional sports" is all about marketing, this is news?

Always viewed sports fans as gullible throwbacks, so it should hardly be surprising to discover they're not the healthiest demographic around...
 
2014-01-07 11:23:13 AM

mark12A: Spectator sports are the Roman spectacles of today, designed to placate and distract the masses while the corporate and government busybodies strip us of our freedom, opportunity and privacy. I don't follow sports at all. Huge waste of time. Imagine how better off our governance would be if all these armchair warriors spent the same effort chasing after government officials, showing up to town meetings, school board meetings, etc.


Bread and circuses.  They are about to vote on more bread this week.....
 
2014-01-07 11:23:54 AM

The_Sponge: When SF lost the NFC title game to the Giants a while back, he was so loud and angry, the downstairs neighbors came up to see if everything was okay....


www.asicentral.com
 
2014-01-07 11:24:31 AM

vernonFL: Just the cost of season tickets and parking is crazy. People spend thousands of dollars a year going to games.


I don't understand who has that much money. I wanted to take my son to an NFL game, then I saw the cost Almost $300 for two tickets in the back row at the top of the stadium to see an 8-8 team not going to the playoffs. Wow.
 
2014-01-07 11:36:55 AM

wildcardjack: I really should study fanaticism more. If I wear a jersey to imitate belonging to a team, I'm a fan. If I dress as a WoW knight elf mage to go to the store I'm a dangerous lunatic. Dame sifference.


Well, one is a shirt the other is a whole costume but I would applaud the effort.

As a fan and one time player of pen & paper RPGs, hack musician and avid music enthusiast, horror geek, sci-fi nerd, WWII geek, and periodic book worm. I can attest that all we really are, are entertainment fans.
One past time is not better than the other, just levels of silly.
 
2014-01-07 11:43:16 AM
I will never understand the desire to cheer for a team because of where you were born.

Cheer for teams and players because you like the way they play the game.
 
2014-01-07 11:43:46 AM
www.slate.com
 
2014-01-07 11:44:22 AM
You grow out of sports fandom once you have responsibilities.

Ever since I got married and bought a house, I give sports close to no attention except in the playoffs, where I might put my book down to watch for a half hour.
 
2014-01-07 11:45:29 AM

mainstreet62: You grow out of sports fandom once you have responsibilities.


Well good thing that I avoid those as much as possible so I can attend Rays games.

/Someone has to show up at them.
 
2014-01-07 11:46:00 AM
You grow out of sports fandom once you have responsibilities.
Ever since I got married and bought a house, I give sports close to no attention except in the playoffs, where I might put my book down to watch for a half hour.


I wanna party with you, big man!
 
2014-01-07 11:46:02 AM
I rather suspect the "more susceptible to advertising" part may be confusing the symptom with the disease. I'm not saying sports fans are weak-minded idiots, but that is in fact exactly what I am saying. You put team jerseys on a couple of packs of monkeys in a territory dispute, and you won't be able to make out much of a difference.
 
2014-01-07 11:48:11 AM

van1ty: I will never understand the desire to cheer for a team because of where you were born.

Cheer for teams and players because you like the way they play the game.


It's a part of living in a community.  It's more enjoyable to have the city you live in all cheering for the same team.  You get to go to work and talk about the game.  The vibe of the city changes, etc.

What fun is it to cheer for a team that nobody else you live near cheers for?
 
2014-01-07 11:49:12 AM

mainstreet62: You grow out of sports fandom once you have responsibilities.

Ever since I got married and bought a house, I give sports close to no attention except in the playoffs, where I might put my book down to watch for a half hour.


You do realize other people are different than you, right? You're not the end all, and be all of humanity so perhaps making wide sweeping statements about other people based on the choices you make in your own life isn't going to be terribly helpful or productive.
 
2014-01-07 11:50:19 AM

van1ty: I will never understand the desire to cheer for a team because of where you were born.


Pride in your hometown.  Family tradition.  Shared experience with friends.
 
2014-01-07 11:50:30 AM

MugzyBrown: What fun is it to cheer for a team that nobody else you live near cheers for?


It has it's charms.
 
2014-01-07 11:51:18 AM
More susceptible to advertising

Considering there's less than an hour of actual plays being run in a football game, and the game lasts for three hours, you're seeing more commercials than anything else. Not to mention in between plays the announcers are promoting different shows, and then the Aflac trivia question pops up, and they tell you about the post game show sponsored by Doritos.

Football is an advertiser's wet dream.
 
2014-01-07 11:51:57 AM
It is interesting how worked up people get about events that in the end, do not matter at all.

Fantasy sports fans are even worse, obsessing on things that have not and will never take place.

/not unlike Star Trek fans.
 
2014-01-07 11:56:28 AM

Milo Minderbinder: Fantasy sports fans are even worse, obsessing on things that have not and will never take place.


The players and stats are real in "fantasy" sports.  The "fantasy" is that you're a GM and assemble your own team to compete with others.

Star Trek is pure fiction.  "Fantasy" sports at least has real world events driving the stats.
 
2014-01-07 12:00:53 PM

Milo Minderbinder: It is interesting how worked up people get about events that in the end, do not matter at all.

Fantasy sports fans are even worse, obsessing on things that have not and will never take place.

/not unlike Star Trek fans.


So, it's like posting your opinion on the internet.
 
2014-01-07 12:06:53 PM

MayoSlather: More susceptible to advertising

Considering there's less than an hour of actual plays being run in a football game, and the game lasts for three hours, you're seeing more commercials than anything else. Not to mention in between plays the announcers are promoting different shows, and then the Aflac trivia question pops up, and they tell you about the post game show sponsored by Doritos.

Football is an advertiser's wet dream.


Holy shiat THIS

I watched my first, full football game with the Old Man over the holidays. He moved away from hockey and started watching NFL a couple years ago. I could not believe the amount of commercials during the game. Ridiculous I say!
 
2014-01-07 12:10:16 PM
Live sporting events are 90% of what I watch on tv. I wouldn't need cable otherwise. And I realize it's a time suck - there are days where our tv is on from 7 a.m. (Premire League) until 11 p.m. (College & NFL, NHL, College BBall). I get stir crazy. DVR was the best thing ever invented for watching sports, because now I can actally do things around the house and not worry that I "missed" some big play. The bar is fun too, but I can't watch the important games at a bar.
I used to feel guilty about how much time I spend watching sports, but then I listen to my girlfriends talk about reality tv and the sitcoms they watch on a regular basis, and I realize it's all a wash in the end.
I'd get a lot more upset when I was younger. I still do, but it don't let it ruin my day now. I've learned the best way to be a sports fan is to ride the high as long as possible and forget the losses as quickly as possible.
/Lions fan
//Still riding the Rose Bowl win high, though
///Until tonight's bball game
//slashies
 
2014-01-07 12:10:49 PM
CSB: A family friend had a heart attack after the Redskins lost Super Bowl XVIII to the Raiders in 1984.  30 years later, he's never watched a down of football since.
 
2014-01-07 12:12:42 PM
There are also countless benefits. Thanks to sport, I have learned many songs about the IRA that I might never have known at all.
 
2014-01-07 12:12:56 PM

SovietCanuckistan: MayoSlather: More susceptible to advertising

Considering there's less than an hour of actual plays being run in a football game, and the game lasts for three hours, you're seeing more commercials than anything else. Not to mention in between plays the announcers are promoting different shows, and then the Aflac trivia question pops up, and they tell you about the post game show sponsored by Doritos.

Football is an advertiser's wet dream.

Holy shiat THIS

I watched my first, full football game with the Old Man over the holidays. He moved away from hockey and started watching NFL a couple years ago. I could not believe the amount of commercials during the game. Ridiculous I say!


When I had cable I would DVR any sporting event I watched. Say the Bears played at noon; I would start watching at 1:30, fast forward through all the commercials, and I would be caught up by the end of the game. I'd have more time to do stuff in the morning and not feel like I wasted a bunch of time.

Also, subby forgot internet fights in the headline. Look in any sports thread during a game and you'll see the internet equivalent of the Eagles fans spitting on people.

I love sports as much as anyone, but I will never understand people who attach their egos to athletes/teams . Yet peek into any NFL thread and you'll see people talking shiat like THEY actually accomplished something.
 
2014-01-07 12:13:52 PM

tricycleracer: mainstreet62: You grow out of sports fandom once you have responsibilities.

Well good thing that I avoid those as much as possible so I can attend Rays games.

/Someone has to show up at them.


That was you? I remember you. I was the other guy. You yelled "Tampa!", I yelled "Bay!"

Good times.
 
2014-01-07 12:18:29 PM

Milo Minderbinder: Fantasy sports fans are even worse, obsessing on things that have not and will never take place.

/not unlike Star Trek fans.



Really?  Because the last time I checked, fantasy football was based on real life statistics.
 
2014-01-07 12:21:07 PM

Big Beef Burrito: tricycleracer: mainstreet62: You grow out of sports fandom once you have responsibilities.

Well good thing that I avoid those as much as possible so I can attend Rays games.

/Someone has to show up at them.

That was you? I remember you. I was the other guy. You yelled "Tampa!", I yelled "Bay!"

Good times.


Awesome.

I usually do the last 4 innings up at Rebecca's bar (Hot Corner Lounge) and get good and sauced until the final out.
 
2014-01-07 12:22:50 PM

Yanks_RSJ: van1ty: I will never understand the desire to cheer for a team because of where you were born.

Pride in your hometown.  Family tradition.  Shared experience with friends.



Pride?  At what point did pride become a thing you can have for something you have zero control over.  I am not proud to be 6'1.  I am not proud to be male.  I am not proud to be 185 pounds.  I am not proud to be Canadian.  I am not proud to be white.

I am very happy that I was born in Canada, and consider myself very lucky.  But pride should be reserved for the things you actually accomplished.  You should be no more proud of a home team sports win than you are for your predisposition to colon cancer, because you had equal control over both.

When will people realize that tribalism and nationalism is not only stupid, it's dangerous.  Just ask Vancouver after the Stanley Cup.  That's what happens when people put blind support ahead of love of the game.
 
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