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Reasons that sports annoy me... [Jun. 17th, 2002|03:40 pm]
Kurt Onstad
As should be fairly obvious from statements I've made earlier, it should be fairly obvious that I don't care that much about sports. Point of fact, they usually annoy me. The sports I do enjoy watching are individual sports that involve grace and finesse, like gymnastics and diving. Team sports seem to bring out the worst in people. Cases in point:

1) Heard a news story today on the way to work. Southern CA police ramped up their presence to prevent rioting after the U.S. vs. Mexico game. But, instead of rioting in celebration, people went home dispondent and disappointed because the U.S. won. The news piece on the radio included soundbites of people in Huntington Park, screaming "Woo! U.S. is going down!" before the game had started.

2) We have quite a few people at work that discuss sports almost non-stop. But, here's the scary part. They refer to the teams that they root for as "we" and "us." They make it sound like they're on the team. These are teams that very often aren't local to L.A. (obviously true when they talk about football...), so I know they're not going to the games. I can understand a certain amount of identification when you are in the stadiums rooting someone on. But, can anyone explain why people think they are affecting the game and are involved when they watch a game on television?

Kurt
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[User Picture]From: euphoricone
2002-06-17 08:33 pm (UTC)

heh heh heh

well, i cant speak for anyone else...

but personally, im capable of jinxing teams or bringing them good luck when I watch them in person or via live feed on TV. Depends on who I'm rooting for.

True Story.

I've had ppl doubt my abilities before... I've managed to make them all believers. I would never take full credit for a victory.. but lets just say, I was watching the US v Mexico match this morning, starting at 2:36am. Game began in at 2:30am. U.S. scored its first goal at 2:37am. Coincidence? Perhaps... but these "coincidences" seem to follow me to every sporting event that I attend/watch.

:)
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[User Picture]From: self
2002-06-18 08:16 am (UTC)
Personal identification is one thing. What bugs me is when people throw religion into the mix. I mean, if you believe in God, praying for him to help your team to victory is more or less equivilant to calling tech support numbers to strike up a conversation every time you're lonely. Somewhere in the world, a person with real problems is having trouble getting through, and the more people who engage in this practice, the more harmful it is. When I see folks praying for something frivilous like that, I always want to tell them "You just killed a child in some third-world country."

...but then I remember that's insane, so I keep it to myself.
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