I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a “sports person”. In fact, I’m pretty much the opposite of a sports person. I find most sports to be mediocre entertainment, usually, and I can’t find myself getting into them very easily. There is one sport that is an exception to this rule though, and that is Soccer.
When we were growing up my brother played soccer and my dad was his coach, so I got dragged along to a lot of the games. I found them tedious. No one would take me to the park, and they wouldn’t let me drink from the huge thing of water even though Joel got to all the time, and the only think I looked forward to was getting ice cream afterwards if Joel scored a goal. Perhaps it was the fact that soccer was ingrained in my childhood but once I gained the attention span to watch an entire game and understand the rules I learned that I really enjoy watching soccer.
Up until today though, I had never had the pleasure of seeing a live, professional soccer game. It was way more fun that I thought it would be, and I was already thinking that it was going to be a lot of fun. I think the difference between watching a sport played in front of you and watching it on tv is pretty similar to the difference between going to see a movie and going to see a play. Everything is much more exciting, much more real when it played out right in front of you.
I have yet to find another sport that I enjoy watching as much as I enjoy soccer. I don’t think it will meet its rival unless they invent a new sport in which the object of the game is to touch Ryan Gosling’s abs while he stands shirtless in the middle of a guarded circle in the centre of a field. (Actually that would be an awesome sport, someone invent that.)