So, I don't Understand Sports.

Friday, July 4, 2014


And to be honest, the France-Germany game on the Fourth of July is the first game that I've watched that the United States wasn't playing in. Also, the only piece of clothing related to soccer that I own is the France jacket I bought when I went to France in 2012. And yes, I am wearing it today.

I am certainly a fair-weather fan in a lot of sports, mostly because I just don't understand them. My roommates can attest - I don't get it. Whenever people are watching a sporting event on TV in the living room of my house, I must go through a checklist: What sport is this? Is this the one where they do the thing? What color are we wearing? Who are we playing? What color are they wearing?

(This is the result of when one of my attempts to be cool backfired: I cheered for the Indianapolis Colts when they scored a field goal in one of the only games that the Denver Broncos lost. I thought that they were the Broncos. Don't ask. Needless to say, it took a while before I could watch football at the house again).

The only sport I actually understand is basketball, and that's only because I played basketball for most of my life. As for the rest of the sports, this is my *limited* understanding:

You would think that since DU is a hockey school, that I would understand the rules a bit more than I do. Basically, you skate around on ice (very fast) while hitting a little hard disc of plastic (plastic?) around trying to get it in one of two nets. Once that happens, big celebrations. Also, they hit each other, hard. Against the glass. And sometimes, in the face on the ice. When that happens, big cheers.

Also, Colorado College is DU's big in-state rival. I still love you, Colleen, even if you chose the dark side. :)

Same logic as hockey, as DU considers Denver the "lacrosse capitol of the West." I should know more, but I don't. Instead of skating on ice, you run around on a field and put a little ball from one of the baby nets on the end of a stick into one of the big nets on the ends of the field. Really fun to watch, because they also hit each other with their sticks. I've only ever seen one fight though, but it was during a professional game, not a college one.

Large men in tight pants run around chasing a ball. But they only have a few chances, and it's really hard to get the ball across the line to score points. If you score a touchdown, then you have more chances to score more points, and there's a lot of stopping and re-setting.

Out of all of these, I really don't understand this one. The basic premise isn't too difficult - you get three chances to hit the ball with a large stick when someone else throws it to you. Then you run around a circle and score points! Or get home runs! Or just runs? I have a short attention span anyways, and it seems like there's just not enough going on during baseball games to keep my attention focused on the game. One of my teachers once said, "You don't go to baseball games to watch the game. You go to watch the people." And people watching at baseball games is incredibly entertaining.

This one seems pretty straightforward. Run (a lot) and try to kick a ball into a net. There's a lot of running involved. A lot of running. And jumping. And fancy footwork. That's the main takeaway. That's why all the players are in such incredible shape. Out of all the sports that I don't understand, I think this is the one I would probably like to understand the most. Although soccer is not yet a major sport here in the US, it seems like it is becoming more popular, so maybe I will watch it more and understand it a bit better in the future.

Sports are hard, are there any that you don't understand? Or can you shed light on any of these for me?

As always, thanks for reading.



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