Coach Buzz shouts another command and yet again I am out of place. How was I supposed to know these soccer terms?
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Possibly, after I explain what I think makes these sports boring to watch to me, someone can explain why my perspective is the wrong way to look at them, and show me how to enjoy the games. Also, this is meant to be a more general look at what makes any sport boring to watch, not just hockey and soccer.
It is just easier to talk about a particular sport or two by name, but the reasons I will give can apply to many sports, and to any particular contest within a sport, even if that sport is otherwise typically exciting. First, I want to make the distinction between viewing a game impartially and having a team or player I want to win.
Having a rooting interest can make a sport far more interesting than not having one. Having a rooting interest can make a particular contest exciting in a way it would never be to me if I did not care who won and were just watching impartially.
This essay is about the difference in how interesting a sport is likely to be to me as an impartial viewer. That is, American football tends to be interesting to me sometimes even if I do not care who wins, whereas a soccer match might only be interesting to me if I care which team wins, as in watching Olympic soccer.
Second, I must admit I am somewhat jaded by most sporting events because I have seen lots of sports on television over the years, and, now, except for an occasional exceptional play, or an occasional player or team with exceptional skills, most of it is pretty much like what I have seen before.
To spend two or three hours watching something I have essentially seen many times before, whose outcome I don't really care about because I am not rooting for a particular team or player, is of little value or interest to me.
The same thing that was of interest to me when I was 10 or 15 years old is no longer of interest in this regard because it is not new and unusual. This pertains particularly to regular season games.
Championship tournaments or playoff games are a bit different because the intensity is often magnified, and because the level of play is often better. There is more pressure on the players, and it is interesting to see whether and how they rise to that pressure.
There are more psychological factors involved in games at the tournament or playoff level than in the typical regular season game in any sport. But still my interest in hockey and soccer is less than in many other sports.
Third, I want to make the distinction between enjoying playing a sport and enjoying watching it. I love to play tennis, but I don't particularly enjoy watching tennis, especially on television. Occasionally there is some spectacularly well-played, exciting match but they are few and far between. For the most part watching others play tennis is about as exciting as watching two people I don't know or care about kiss.
Some things are better in the doing with the right person than in the watching. Now, it has sometimes been said that Americans just do not like defensive sports where scoring is difficult as much as they like offensive sports where scoring is easier.
The claim is that for Americans, high scoring contests are appreciated far more than low scoring ones. So, the theory goes, Americans just do not like soccer and hockey because they are relatively low scoring, defensive sports.
I do not think that is the crux of the matter, though because 1 there have been some noteworthy and celebrated titanic low-scoring defensive struggles in sports I, and other Americans, like; 2 there are some high scoring, highly offense-oriented sports and particular contests that are not interesting; and 3 many one-sided high-scoring games have not been interesting except to those who rooted for the winners.
Many of the American football Superbowl games have been boring simply because they were so one-sided, regardless of how many points were scored in them. In baseball, shutouts and no-hitters, and, of course, perfect games games in which no player for one of the teams reaches base at allare celebrated and exciting contests.
I think there are two things that, when they do not go well, work against hockey and soccer for me; and I think that in other sports these same things can operate during any particular contest to make that particular game be boring.
The two things are: In some sports, or in any sport during some games, aspect 1 also determines aspect 2 because of the nature of the game.
Sports like soccer and ice hockey are so difficult to score in for numerous reasons, that there are few moments where a team has a reasonable chance to score, even though the defense does not have to be spectacular to prevent it because the nature of the game itself makes scoring so difficult.
It is not that the defense has to be especially noticeable as it is in football or in a great pitching and fielding game in baseball, in order to prevent scoring. It is that the offense must be spectacular and, often, lucky in ice hockey and in soccer in order to score at all.
And because of that, if a team can get ahead early in the game by more than two goals, it makes it so difficult for the other team to win except in one case I will discuss below that it tends to put the game out of reach early and determine the outcome.This is really inspiring.
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