Our neighbors have sport on so loud the back wall of our living room is trembling. I don’t know which sport, I don’t care which sport, but it is definitely sport. I’d recognize those imbecilic roars anywhere.

The mystery of why people watch sport has always fascinated me. I must have spent hundreds of hours mulling it over and I can’t say I’m any closer to a real understanding.

Last week I suddenly remembered that I do like watching one sport and I always have.


And why do I like snooker when every single other sport in the world bores me to tears?

I don’t know.

Perhaps it’s because the crowd don’t howl like gorillas with nettles up their bums.

3 thoughts on “Sport

  1. I read an interesting article in the NYT not so long ago which reported that scientists had found that our brain sends out the same impulses when we watch somebody doing something as it does when we do it ourselves.

    It made me think about my love of rugby league. When I was first dragged to games as a 10-year-old I was bored stiff and had to be bribed with sweets. But I quickly developed a love of and appreciation of the game.

    For the next ten or 15 years I could pretty much anticipate 75 per cent of passes, tackles, kicks and plays and was frequently exhilirated watching big hits, tries, breaks etc.

    I think this must be a lot of the appeal of spectator sports like football, rugby, hockey etc. An experienced spectator is not really a spectator. He is a participant. And there is nothing quite like watching your team surrounded by thousands (or in Rochdale Hornets case dozens) of people who are right there with you. Crowds ooh, aah, cheer, shout, gesticulate and jump for joy in unison. We are all living vicariously through the players on the field.

    Where else in life can I floor a 6ft tall, 16 stone prop forward, execute an inch perfect crossfield kick or sprint the length of the field and score an injury time winning try? Therein lies the beauty of being a sports fan.

  2. Very well put EiNY!

    Lets goooooooooooooooooo METS, JETS, KNICKS, Worldcup-Croatia…oh and Man Utd. by marriage.

  3. You’ll probably not be interested to learn then that Villa beat Port Vale 3-1 to reach the 5th round of the FA Cup for the first time in 6 years yesterday?!

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