I recently found myself harnessing the power of Twitter (@ArkyShea) and sent out the following tweet:
It received a few responses, a few people jabbing that my beloved Yankees aren't at the top of the charts which is a logical reason for my decline of love for the sport. Also got a response about soccer being cool, which it is (I played my senior year in high school). All that got me to thinking, what sports do I love most and why? I will rank them, now. Please be advised badminton and table tennis along with curling won't be making the list and I do differentiate, as you will see, in the college and pro game.
1. College Football- I'm in Auburn, what more do you need to know? It's fervor here (and the SouthEast) has nothing on the NFL and the purity of Saturday crisp air and autumn leaves is a perfect for antidote for anyone getting paid to run fast. The only con is it is so regional, but at least I am in the right region.
2. College Basketball - Mostly the tournament. I love the idea that if you win your conference, you deserve a shot to PLAY for a title. If you lose, you lose. So what? Only one team wins in the end anyway. CFB is taking a page, but a small one, about the right thing to do. The main con for me
3. NFL Football - It's king and God all rolled into one. The fastest, elitest, bestest (totally a word) of all worlds. Hitting is hard and fun but it's in a weird spot, balancing safety with a naturally unsafe sport.
4. NHL Hockey - HD TV has done absolute wonders for hockey. It's the opposite for baseball with me which is in person I can take it or leave but on TV, it's actually kind of riveting. Playoff hockey is some of the most fun I have watching sports all year long.
5. Baseball - The rules, arduous schedule, the lack of ingenuity, all find themselves mulling together finally for a lackluster viewing experience. In person though, a great time with buddies on a lazy day.
6. Soccer/Futbol - This is a non-tv friendly for me. I love running around playing it, even watching it in person, but on tv it's just a chore.
7. Golf - Golf on television, kind of stagnant. Golf in person, fun as junk.
8. NASCAR - NASCAR does have one redeeming quality: I used to tape races so it would help me fall asleep with the humming of the engines. I get sad if I lose four hours of my day watching loops.
9. Tennis - Purists will defend every sport, but what's the enjoyment? Ladies grunting? The disparity between playing on grass versus hard dirt? My least favorite part of summer is Tennis season.
10. UFC/Boxing/Wrestling - I have no place in my life for grown men doing one-on-one bouts. It's just hitting and kicking. I do miss the drama on the early to late 90s WWF and WCW.