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    Are sports overrated?

    I do like basketball but it has been a few years since I actually watched a regular season. It has been about 3 years since I watched NFL games. I am one of those people who can easily get into and out of a sport at the drop of a hat. I guess they get boring to me or something. I even watched WWE for awhile and got bored with that! lol

    So to me, I feel like sports in general are overrated. I think people get into them more or less as a "social obligation" to support one's local team. It makes you feel a part of something bigger than yourself. That is fine but for people who are socially awkward like me, wearing a team's short isn't enough for me to feel part of something lol

    What are your thoughts?

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    Nah. The visceral, raw emotion experienced by someone that lives through the success of another team or player is a real thing. Of course it can also flip the opposite way and cause a brief period of depression, but that's the catch 22 of sports fandom.

    We can question how logical it is for someone to place their emotions at risk based on an outcome they have zero control over, I myself am trying to create distance for that specific reason, but sports are definitely one of the great forms of entertainment this world has to offer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Consumed View Post
    Nah. The visceral, raw emotion experienced by someone that lives through the success of another team or player is a real thing. Of course it can also flip the opposite way and cause a brief period of depression, but that's the catch 22 of sports fandom.

    We can question how logical it is for someone to place their emotions at risk based on an outcome they have zero control over, I myself am trying to create distance for that specific reason, but sports are definitely one of the great forms of entertainment this world has to offer.
    A friend of mine said something similar when we were talking about this topic. I get what you are saying and it can be fulfilling to watch people be so passionate about something but I don't think I can view it as anything other than a "game" unless I was actually on a team. I am sure people who do play sports for a living have a much deeper passion and understanding compared to the average fan. It isn't just a game to them, so to speak.

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    I can't really say. I have no interest in 99% of sports, so it would feel unfair to just write them off as overrated. Football can cause yob violence here. Overrated? I can't say. Do people take them too seriously? Yes. The media has a go at video games for causing violence because of a few isolated incidents. (In many cases they completely misunderstood it!) But intentional violence happens all the time with sports (at least here in the UK) and it can affect people who aren't interested in them. Yet, sports get off scot-free for some reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KorinKitty View Post
    A friend of mine said something similar when we were talking about this topic. I get what you are saying and it can be fulfilling to watch people be so passionate about something but I don't think I can view it as anything other than a "game" unless I was actually on a team. I am sure people who do play sports for a living have a much deeper passion and understanding compared to the average fan. It isn't just a game to them, so to speak.
    You're right; the actual people playing the game should have a deeper passion for it. Problem is most fans don't see it that way and believe they're just as invested in franchise as the players themselves. That's why they spend hours on message boards defending x player from criticism and sending hateful messages to rivals on social media

    It really should be just a game to fans, and the people who see it that way are fortunate, but to millions it's not because they project themselves onto the team and incorporate wins/losses into the joy/anger in their lives. It's a very interesting topic to think about.

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    To consider sports as being "overrated" is subjective at best. You don't have a real way to measure it but I think the best way to analyze this is to not ask if it is overrated in general, but if you believe that sports themselves create too big of an emotional stimulus for fans.

    I will admit, I am a hockey fan (Go Hawks!) and during playoffs I catch myself feeling my heart race a bit faster during those last two minutes of play time. I'll be upset on calls that were ruled unfairly but I'm also able to look at penalties against my own favorite team and understand as well. So even though I want my team to win I still enjoy the game for what it is. I guess it just depends on how much you emotionally invest into a sport/team.

    Another example is me with football (American Football). I am a Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins fan. If you've seen or even looked up the record for the Bears last season you will see that they did abysmal. I've watched a decent amount of those games but not once did I get pissed that we lost. I enjoy the game but I'm not so emotionally attached to it.

    I believe sports and all forms of entertainment is all personal. If you don't see the enjoyment out of it, that's okay, it's not your thing. Maybe you are more into Video Games or tv shows or movies.

    The problem is that both sides of the spectrum poke fun at the other (sports fans look at video gamers being lame and vice versa) but that way of thinking seems to be coming to an end rather quickly. Most players in sports are also big fans of video games and some players are even bigger nerds than the die hard gamers; and that's not a bad thing at all! The bridge I feel is coming together on these aspects.

    Sorry that I went off on a tangent there but I feel that the topic itself was sort of moving toward this debate. I just feel that asking if it is overrated might have been the wrong use of words for this discussion. But it is worth talking about anyways.
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    Thanks for your insight on your end of the spectrum, Sparky. I can't say I've ever been particularly interested in sports, but it would be wrong for me to call them overrated just because of that. I think a lot of kids end up disliking sports from having a bad experience with them at school, particularly when the socially awkward kids are mixed with the 'jock' types, that's never going to end well. Here in the UK we're mad on football more than anything (soccer to you folks in the US), particularly the working class for some reason, in short... idiots.

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    As Mantis said, many fights have broke out because of people like that, and some of the biggest shit-eaters I have met were completely obsessed with it to the point where it was a lifestyle to them (fucking Wayne Rooney wannabes), but it would be wrong to blame the sport itself for that.

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    This was a good idea Mantis.

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    Yeah that is a problem for sports. It does invoke this hatred towards another individual just because of the team they root for. But I think that is also an issue with the person and not the sport entirely?

    Let's use football (worldwide) and use the Barclays Premier League. I do actually watch that league and enjoy it rather much, I have favorite teams but since I don't live in the U.K. I can't (nor would I want to) be antagonized by opposing fans to create a hatred for those people. So say that you are from London and you root for Chelsea and you're team is going against Manchester United. Win or lose, the game is still entertaining as all hell to watch. Yes you might want your hometown team to win but I just can't see the argument as to how you can have that feeling of hatred towards another citizen simply because of where he is from. Seems a lot like discrimination if ya ask me...

    I get it, people still do it, but as I've said, that's more of the person and not the team. No team has ever came out calling another team derogatory words openly. The players might have and the fans sure but never the organization.

    Another example of how it doesn't matter is American Baseball. I'm a big Chicago White Sox fan, but there is another Chicago Baseball team, the Chicago Cubs. They are both in Chicago, one on the north side and one on the south. One is National League and the other American League. My brother is a Cubs fan, we may not like each other's team and we give shit to each other for it but it was never heated and it was in all good fun. Yes he is my relative but I have friends who are the same, hence why we are still friends

    I know this reply was a bit redundant but I just wanted to say that I do understand, but maybe the sports themselves aren't to blame.
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