I have some questions for sports enthusiasts to help me understand. The main question is, why do you enjoy watching sports? I have trouble sitting through a game unless I am being polite and watching with somebody who is watching. I'll sit through that because I am visiting a friend. I am aware I am an odd duck. My questions are to try not being an odd duck.
For some background, I have enjoyed playing sports with friends when I was growing up. We played basketball, football, some baseball, and kickball. I also was on the swim team in high school. I enjoyed running, long hikes, and bike riding on my own. I can understand playing sports. I just lose interest watching sports.
Of course, there are some exceptions. I will sit and watch fighting matches, whether they are boxing or UFC. However, not to the point where I schedule time to watch a match. If the fight is on, I'll watch it. I'll also watch Tour de France and Iron Man races. Obviously, those two are edited down. I've also been known to watch a NASCAR race now and then. The largest dose of sports I get is during the Olympics.
As you may have noticed, many of these sports are solo competitions, mostly. I think I can empathize with the individual competitors, which makes their struggle real to me. Perhaps I ought to qualify that I lose interest in watching team sports. Although this isn't completely true. I enjoyed watching my high school teams compete. I also enjoyed watching my cousin play little league baseball. These were live, not on TV. Other than that, team sports don't call out to me the way they seem to call out to so many sports fans. I can't help thinking that maybe I'm missing something. Like I didn't get the memo.
I'm hoping somebody can put into words what connection they have with team sports on TV.