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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 06 December 2017 at 1:29pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Imagine you could only follow ONE team sport for the rest of your life. Only ONE! What would you choose?

Here are just some team sports:

Football (soccer)
American football
Basketball
Rugby (all forms)
Cricket
Baseball
Soft ball
Ice hockey
Volleyball

And numerous variations, e.g. Gaelic football, Australian rules football, etc.

If I had to choose only ONE team sport to follow for the rest of my life, it'd have to be football (soccer). I love NFL and many other sports, including basketball. But I've watched soccer since I was a day old. I could not stop watching that.

Over to you. No ties, honourable mentions, just pick one!
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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 06 December 2017 at 5:19pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

American Football, easily.


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Rick Senger
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Posted: 06 December 2017 at 6:03pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

It's close, but the NBA for me.
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Doug Centers
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Posted: 06 December 2017 at 6:42pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

My first sports love; Baseball

I guess I'm old timey. 
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Gregory Harshman
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Posted: 06 December 2017 at 6:54pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I'm with Doug, Baseball all the way.

I have very little interest in other sports.
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John Leach
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Posted: 06 December 2017 at 8:07pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Baseball. Not even close.
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Mario Ribeiro
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Posted: 06 December 2017 at 8:13pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Football. (Soccer, naturally.)
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Michael Hogan
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Posted: 06 December 2017 at 9:06pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Baseball been very, very good to me.
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Kevin Brown
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Posted: 06 December 2017 at 9:26pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

NFL football.  Period.  Even during the off season I will watch almost anything football related.
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Mike Purdy
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Posted: 06 December 2017 at 10:04pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Hockey, of course!
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Matt Reed
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Posted: 07 December 2017 at 4:25am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Easy.  American football.  What we simply call "football".  All the others could fade away.  Football is my passion.
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Neil Lindholm
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Posted: 07 December 2017 at 4:48am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

There is only one true sport and that is Hockey. Everything else is a pale imitation. 
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John Popa
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Posted: 07 December 2017 at 9:10pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

I'm probably more likely to casually watch a football game regardless of the teams playing, but I'm more deeply invested in what the Cleveland Indians do.  

Baseball it is.
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Rich Marzullo
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Posted: 07 December 2017 at 9:25pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply

There are team sports other than football?

Really, the NFL is my favorite, and honestly the only sport I regularly watch and follow. Nothing else is appealing to me. 
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 08 December 2017 at 4:53am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

There are team sports other than football?

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Yes, volleyball. Clearly the world's most watched sport. One game saw 973,245 people in attendance. Sixty billion people watched one game via PPV. ;-)
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Brian O'Neill
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Posted: 09 December 2017 at 12:22am | IP Logged | 16 post reply

Baseball. I still like other sports, and the 'favorite' position has changed over time, but I always come back to baseball.
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Francesco Consoli
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Baseball
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Allan Summerall
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Posted: 09 December 2017 at 8:43am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Hockey!
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Marc Cheek
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College football. That's just about all I watch now anyway. With some college baseball thrown in there.
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Rebecca Jansen
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Posted: 18 February 2018 at 11:06pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

I'll never understand American Football, and if you don't watch at least a few hockey games a year in Canada they look at you as a Martian and your family will eventually disown you... so, er, um, Go Calgary Flames I suppose (as Edmonton and Vancouver are pretty much out of it now for this year). I do enjoy a good hockey game, but I don't enjoy a lousy one with stupid fights and penalties where players get injured.

I have a pink Chicago Cubs ball hat my fiancee gave me before he died. We watched the Boston Red Sox break the 'curse of the Bambino' the last World Series he was around for and enjoyed that a lot, and I enjoyed the Cubs winning almost as much! I wore that hat for each game of the final and some before then. Maybe my great-grandmother who I knew and was born outside of Chicago way back pulled a string or two as well? (Not being serious at all about that by the way)
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Robbie Parry
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I have a pink Chicago Cubs ball hat my fiancee gave me before he died. 

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I'm sorry to hear that. But I'm glad he gave you that. 
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Brian O'Neill
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Posted: 19 February 2018 at 1:45pm | IP Logged | 22 post reply

Thanks for sharing that, Rebecca. Nice memento! 

And, I agree about hockey, as well. The style of play seems to 'evolve' and 'devolve' every decade or so, and the lower-scoring, penalty-filled games hold the sport back, I think.
My 'team sports, in descending order:
Baseball(people who say 'it's boring!' as their sole reason for disiking it...bore me) ;-) There are so many 'levels' in which people can connect with the game.
Football(pro and college, although some of the on-field excesses and off-field political crap dampened my enthusiasm...but the Patriots finally losing a close Super Bowl helped a lot!)
Basketball(another sport where my interest has ebbed and flowed. Living in the Bay Area, I watch the Golden State Warriors on a regular basis. In a way, they almost remind me of the X-Men...tough, battle-tested, and valiant...yet still prone to mistakes due to lapses in 'discipline'. To the Danger Room!)
Hockey(It seems that the national TV scheduling here isn't as 'diverse' as it is in Canada...where Canadian networks make an effort to show every team, we rarely see Canadian teams here, and they show the Sabres a lot, apparently only because 'they're a team from a different big city in New York'!)
Soccer: I've slowly come around on the sport, and I've really enjoyed the World Cup over the years...but this year, without the US, and with the strange and exotic Russian time zone, it'll be a bit of a challenge.
Kinda sorta follow MLS, but their season schedule is so unwieldy(they take two weeks off in the middle of their playoffs, due to 'international' matches), it overlaps/conflict with every other sport!
And last but not least...I'm usually really into the Olympics...but not so much this year. 
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Michael Arndt
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Posted: 21 February 2018 at 2:50pm | IP Logged | 23 post reply

Baseball
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Steven Myers
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Posted: 24 February 2018 at 9:47pm | IP Logged | 24 post reply

Baseball. But that's a cheat. Baseball isn't just a sport, it's the National Pastime!   
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 24 February 2018 at 11:11pm | IP Logged | 25 post reply

Baseball isn't just a sport, it's the National Pastime! 
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This saying works within the national boundaries of one country, but kind of flounders in an international context, wouldn't you say?

I'd choose football, but I would contend sometimes the league is more important, specifically than the sport.

To wit, people here have chosen NBA, NFL and I would assume those saying hockey and baseball mean NHL and MLB. For example, Matt Reed names 'football' as the team sport of his choice.  Does he follow the CFL? Same sport, different league. It's a huge difference.

Those of us saying 'football' mean something wider In England, if you follow football, you probably support a club team and the national team. Maybe you watch Champions League games as well. Or SPL games. Or El Classico. The league isn't everything.

There is a fundamental disparity between N American sports (with their closed-shop Major Leagues) and European sports (in which any local team could climb to the pinnacle of the sport of they are good enough); it doesn;t make for any easy comparison.


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