i watch sports almost every day or night, with hockey, baseball, and football as my faves.
if i had to choose just one, though, it would be hockey. i'm as obsessed as the craziest canuck on a frozen pond. we have 3 hockey teams in the nyc area, so most nights from the fall through the spring, i can catch a devils, rangers, or islanders game. i'm a die hard devils' worshipper, but still enjoy rooting for any team playing against the rangers and islanders.
this overlaps with the baseball season from the spring through fall, in which nyc has 2 teams, the yankees and the mets. again, most days or nights, there's a game on somewhere.
and mixing into these seasons, football used to dominate my sunday afternoons. since it's my only day off, i've pretty much given up watching live games and subsist on tv replays and newspapers in order to spend the day with my family.
i've tried to get into soccer (football/futbol), and have followed glasgow celtic of the spl, but it's just too slow for me. yes, i can appreciate the skill and athleticism involved, and it's interesting to watch plays develop, but you can see the same amount of action from and entire 90 minute match in the first minute of a hockey game.
that said, every 4 years i still watch the world cup with great interest. it's a great tournament for underdogs. who doesn't love to watch a tiny underdog defeat a huge world power like brazil or argentina?
unfortunately with international play, i cannot stomach players faking injuries every time they get brushed
by another player. rolling around, grabbing a body part to try to influence the ref for a card is unsportmanlike, imo. i'm surprised they don't cry more often. and i don't just mean the italians...
i prefer watching women's soccer, as it seems to be a sport better suited for the "gentler" gender. lots of tension and build up, and back and forth plays before they even get close to something that matters. and both the men and women try to find ways to tie their hair back, but still look good.
all kidding aside, my irish buddies have remarked that soccer will never catch on in the u.s. because they don't stop for 45+ minutes, so you could never run commercials. maybe they should have quarters instead of halves. they could run a commercial while the players check thier eyeliner. it can get runny, ya know.
i've heard it said that the way players handle injuries describe the toughness of the games. in soccer, a simple thigh bruise could mean 2 weeks off; in baseball, you might get taken out of the game. in football, you have to be dripping blood to get a rest for a down or two. in hockey, even if the stattered bone is protruding, they tape an aspirin to it and you're back out for your next shift.
ok, one of the best routines about the differences in sports: