I have never been a sports fan. My dad only watched golf and NASCAR when I was growing up, both sports I find utterly boring and repetitive (although I watched NASCAR for the crashes). He would watch other sports if they were on. A family friend had great seats to all the San Jose Sharks games, so I learned to like hockey. Outside of that, our family watched the Superbowl, but that was about it. I went to my first baseball game at 23. Same with football. Sure, I attended the games during high school, but only because it was a requirement since I was on the dance team. Overall, I just wasn’t raised as a sports fan. I do support my local teams because I’ve lived in this area all my life, but I don’t consider myself a true fan. The players I can name are players I find attractive. When people discuss sports, I tune them out because even if I listened, it’d all be Greek to me.
I’m not one of those girls who loves sports. I’m also not one of those girls who pretends she does. It just doesn’t interest me. I’d rather go out than watch the game on tv. I’d rather listen to music than sports on the radio. It just isn’t my thing. Granted, every guy I’ve ever dated has either been an athlete or been a die hard sports fan, but that doesn’t mean I have to learn to love sports.
What I do enjoy is going to games. I enjoy the atmosphere, the camaraderie, and let’s be honest here, the drinking. I’ll go to Superbowl parties. I’ll go to games. That I enjoy. I don’t need to know every rule or every statistic. I don’t need to know what the odds of our team winning are. That isn’t why I’m there. I’m there for the experience.
What’s irritating about this is when people tell me I should make an effort to get into sports. Why? Because the person I’m dating is into them? Well, I’m into shoes. Should he learn about them? I don’t expect him to ask me about designers or styles or what’s in, why should he expect me to ask about a certain player’s stats? Just because he likes something, doesn’t mean I have to. It isn’t like I refuse to go to games with him or I bitch when he watches the game. I just don’t have a desire to learn all the rules and technicalities. I don’t know or really care what an RBI is. I don’t understand why that point wasn’t awarded. Occasionally I’ll ask, but if I don’t want to know exactly what’s going on, it shouldn’t make or break a relationship. People are different with different interests.
This is probably why girls who pretend to like sports irritate me. If you are genuinely into sports, awesome. If not, why are you pretending? I refuse to pretend. I just find sports boring. Plain and simple. I bet some people would find a ballet boring. I find it exhilarating. I’m not going to force my friends or anyone else for that matter to like what I like. Don’t force me. Sure, invite me to a game. If I want to go, I will. If not, don’t push it.