The Oddball Out: the Silent Minority of the Non-Sports World

While the Super Bowl is only a few weeks away, fans are putting their final draft picks in, buying out entire snack isles at the grocery store and planning big family/ friend get-togethers to watch the most highly televised event of the year. Everyone will be viewing the NFL throw-down with high anticipation and excitement, except for me.

Why, you might ask? I am one of the few heterosexual males who doesn’t like sports. If you are one of the few in the world who is like me, congrats, you’re not alone. If you are a large portion of the male population however, you may be slightly confused.

I have never been into sports, ever.

I played baseball as a child, but they always put me in center field, where I would just look at the birds in the sky and hope something exciting would happen. Since it was at an elementary school level, not a lot of kids were hitting what they call “Homeruns” or “Grand-Slams”.

For years’ sports-talk has been one of the best ways for males to bond and share a similar interest, often leading to business deals and long lasting friendships. While I have sucsessfully done both in my life; However, it has not been over the concept of sports. I have always found them to be rather dull and unamusing.

Playing a non-competitive game of catch or two-hand touch football is not something I object to, but following statistics on players total scores, predicting how a team is going to do in whatever play-off game it may be or sitting in front of a television for two hours three nights a week has just always been unappealing to me.

I have sat through many Super Bowls getting food while the game is on and running back to my seat when the commercials start because I find those to be even more tantalizing than the game itself.

Being at an actual sporting event is enjoyable (even though I really don’t know what’s going on), but I just always feel out of the loop when friends and colleagues of mine start talking about “last nights game” or the “insert team vs other team” at the “whatever stadium or outdoor field they play at” they are going to and especially what kind of  “plays” they made.

People always say to me “just try watching again, maybe you’ll like it” and I usually respond with “believe me, I have.” I am just the kind of person that if they’re not interested in something, they just can’t get into it. If I force myself to like something, I’ll probably end up liking it even less.

Hopefully some of you understand exactly how I feel. This is something that myself and even the rest of society, has never really discussed.

Even with the changing gender roles in today’s world, men still seem to be conditioned from a young age to like sports, as sense of their masculinity, and their appeal to the opposite sex.

With all of that being said, I don’t judge others for enjoying sports of any kind. I think it is a great way for people to come together and bond over a similar interest.

It’s clearly an effective way to stay healthy and active throughout your lifetime and watching sports on television is a lot better than watching some of the other garbage the media throws at you these days.

While as of right now I am still as disinterested as ever, maybe one day – one day I will turn the other cheek, sit down, and watch a football game with my roommates and actually enjoy it.

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