Earlier today one of my co-workers walked by and mentioned to our portion of the office that the game was on in the conference room if anyone wanted to watch and work. My reply? Oh, there is a game on? Which one? Everyone around me immediately looked at me with blank stares that all conveyed the same message. Are you serious? Apparently there was a big soccer match today. Something called the World Cup? 🙂 I may be the one person in my office that has no interest in the World Cup. You see, when it comes to me and sports, I have always had a one track mind. I follow distance running and not much else.
I have always been a little slow when it comes to following sports. My brother Matt, not so much. I remember going to a New York Giants game when I was about 12. While I sat there waiting for my dad to buy us hot dogs and other concessions, Matt rambled off statistics about nearly every player on the field. My favorite memory of the game was Matt leaning over saying, “you see that guy Nick? He has the smallest shoe size in the NFL.” Now that is dedication to knowing the nitty gritty details about a sport.
My friends in high school were no different. The group of guys I hung out with the most were all starting lineman on our high school football team. I would go to their games and not watch a single play as I talked with friends in the stands. When the NBA playoffs and Finals were on, my friends would get so into watching the game that they would scream at the refs on the TV. Their dedication to following sports didn’t stop at the major sports either. All of the guys were diligent followers of WWE. As my friends would watch, I would sit in the corner and read my Runner’s World and Entertainment Weekly magazines.
The video below of Turk and JD from the TV show scrubs paints a perfect picture of how I fit in with the average male follower of sports. My favorite line in the video? “What’s this show? Is it new?” Turk’s reply? “It’s SportsCenter dude.” (you can stop watching at 1:08)