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Do you follow any professional sports?

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Yes 43% 17 Votes
Occasionally 18% 7 Votes
No 40% 16 Votes

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40 Votes Total

Oct 29, 2012

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hodayathink (18) All the major American ones at the very least, with a passing interest in soccer as well.
10-29-12  01:38am

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Toadsith (48) Professional Cycling, to a small degree.

I lost a lot of interest when they banned almost all of my favorite riders. So I'm having to play catch up to learn the new breed of riders. The drugs fiasco has been ridiculous and the witch hunt has been very damaging to the image of the sport, I wish they had simply applied the Asterisk to the winners that were deemed to be using drugs, like they did in baseball, but it is basically done now, so I don't hugely care.

I still consider Armstrong a champion because nearly everybody in the sport during his era were using drugs. Hence why his titles were simply awarded to nobody. He was the best in all regards, even in doping. There is something to be said for that.

I will say that the most recent Tour de France was a lot of fun because it was far more chaotic and unpredictable than previous years. A lot of that is probably because the vast majority of the riders are finally not doping. So the future looks bright, but it is still tough to be a fan and know so few riders right now. The sport is recovering though, and my enthusiasm as a fan is too.

10-29-12  01:45am

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graymane (33) One would think so, inasmuch as I participated and played in baseball, football, basketball and to a lesser degree, soccor,
Never excelled but had a passion for playing.
So the answer is no to the poll question.

10-29-12  03:42am

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tangub (155) I follow English football, (that's soccer to our American friends). The team I have supported since being a young boy back in the 1970s is Chelsea FC and quite honestly until the last decade there has been very little to get excited about but since being bankrolled by our wealthy Russian owner in the last few years we have seen considerable success culminating in that magical night in Munich last May when we won the European Champions League for the first time.
10-29-12  04:20am

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Jay G (67) American football is the most interesting sport for me because of all the complex strategy that is involved. Thinking and plotting as well as skill.
10-29-12  05:56am

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jberryl69 (Disabled) American Football - Geaux Saints.
10-29-12  06:32am

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Denner (235) NHL - love hockey and was active in my youth....
But those tv-chanels are fighting here in Europe/Denmark to get the rights...so you'll never know who get to show those games from NHL...a serious bummer.

10-29-12  06:56am

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Cybertoad (Disabled)
SF 49ers fan since the 1960's .
My mom went school with Joe Montana. To bad she didn't marry him.

10-29-12  08:23am

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Drooler (220) Baseball
10-29-12  10:57am

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Claypaws (44)
I have zero interest in all competitive sport, amateur or professional.
10-29-12  01:22pm

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rearadmiral (384) I think the late H.L. Mencken summed up precisely how I feel about professional sports: "I hate all sports as rabidly as a person who likes sports hates common sense."
10-29-12  03:05pm

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pat362 (373) I don't follow any sports but I love listening to sports radio. I've neve thought too hard as to why I don't but I think a large part of the reason must be that players are no longer the heros they once were. These days money is their main interest
and therefore who ever offers them the biggest amount is who they will go with.

In return teams no longer care about their fans and will gadly trade a popular player to save money or will do all kinds of shitty things.

10-29-12  04:10pm

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RagingBuddhist (65) pat32 hit the nail on the head. It's all about the money.

I'm supposed to be a Baltimore Ravens fan. They go crazy with purple and black around here. Ravens stickers on everything, flags on every other car. But it was Cleveland losing their Browns to become the Ravens that made me stop watching sports. Unlike the Baltimore fans losing the Colts to Indianapolis, Cleveland fans packed their stadium every home game. They lost their team because they didn't have enough money to keep 'em. So, in my mind, NFL now stands for No Fan Loyalty. I don't want to support that kind of shit in any way.

Nope - don't follow sports anymore.

10-29-12  04:58pm

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slutty (111) American football, hockey, and sometimes tennis
10-29-12  09:37pm

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jberryl69 (Disabled) REPLY TO #13 - RagingBuddhist :

Actually RB - it wasn't the city that didn't have the money to keep them, but rather Art Model made some bad business decisions leading up to the move. Yes, it had to do with money, but Art was held accountable by the fans. Too bad - Art was an innovator and forward thinking owner but this particular move was rather short sighted in creating good will from the fans in Cleveland.
10-30-12  11:17am

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lk2fireone (196) Don't follow any professional sports. Think the money paid to pro players is obscene. In one year, they can make more than an average person would earn in many lifetimes.
10-30-12  05:12pm

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graymane (33) Oh how professional sports behavior have changed since the early days of media coverage.
As a young football/baseball player and devoted listener of radio sport's broadcasting (a medium then entering a transition to television) I enjoyed the sight of sane excitement following great plays on the gridiron.
Touchdowns, for example, was rewarded with loud applause from fan-attendance and approbation from team members.
This practice unfortunately later deteriored into acts of dancing around pounding one's chest and putting on a show akin to caged monkeys.
It was that and the love of the game giving way to money and perks that turned me away.

10-30-12  10:32pm

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RustyJ (145) Very rarely but sometimes. Ice hockey mostly.
11-01-12  05:17am

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Ambition (15) Never did, never will.
01-23-13  10:16pm

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