The Failure of a Sports Father: A One-Act Play

Gorilla.800.lbs wrote:

Whenever people in this country say "sports", most of the time they actually mean to say "television".

QFT.

Prederick wrote:
Gorilla.800.lbs wrote:

Whenever people in this country say "sports", most of the time they actually mean to say "television".

QFT.

Absolutely. I like hockey, which is to say, I like watching the Canucks. I can't skate and I don't like being cold. I like going to the pub to watch a game. We have such a spectator culture that watching the sport is conflated with engaging in the sport. Anyway, that aside...

Nevin73 wrote:

Actually one way to perhaps increase his knowledge and interest in football is to get him involved in a fantasy football league. It's a game, works off of stats, and it'll really increase his knowledge of the players. Granted, he still might not know what team Manning plays for, but at least he'll know he's a QB. Fantasy football really increased my knowledge of players and the game.

I was anti-sports all my life until I met Ms. Gravey, who is a die hard Canucks lifer. I continued to be anti-sports, but exposure wore me down. What really helped me was, nicely dovetailing our interests, playing the NHL games. That really helped me to understand how the game worked, the rules, the plays, and even the players, more than having it explained.

Having the game translated from one domain (arena?), sports, to one I was more open to, video games, also helped make it a lot more appealing to me. It cut out all the crap that comes along with following professional sports that repelled me (high salaries, egos, idol worship, incredibly fit and physically talented people) and left me with the core concepts that appeal to my geek self (objects, rules, tactics). After all, sports are just games and I love games, do I not?

When I made that connection, I got all over NHL hockey, the Canucks, and following every conceivable stat like it's going out of fashion. Every game night the TV is on, every season we try to go to a couple games, and every spring we cry and say "Maybe next year". Ironically, what I don't do anymore is buy the NHL games. And I still can't skate and don't like the cold.

So Enix, I don't know if that's the ticket to your son's heart, but if ever there was a bridge between interests I'd wager that'd be it.

Give him Madden... He can play the game and learn at least some of the names of the bigger stars via osmosis (or the drone of the announcers)

Ego Man wrote:

Give him Madden... He can play the game and learn at least some of the names of the bigger stars via osmosis (or the drone of the announcers)

Back in the day, this made me a big fan of QB#16.

*Legion* wrote:

I always find it amusing, particularly in "geek" communities, when people react so excessively negatively to the topic of sports.

It reeks of childhood trauma. :)

This made me chuckle, I feel the same way!

I like watching sports, but not very good at playing them. Im not out of shape but I have the physical coordination of a 3 year old. For me, watching sports is the ultimate human drama, the struggle and competition of people who are the best at what they do. Seeing lifelong dreams and ambitions made or crushed.

I'm a Cowboys fan, so lately it's mostly seeing dreams get crushed

*Legion* wrote:

Back in the day, this made me a big fan of QB#16.

I lost a lot of respect for that guy when he was caught with pixel-enhancing substances. I think the sports media of the day really swept that story under the rug.