Cricket is first. After that, I like swimming and tennis.
Cricket is first. After that, I like swimming and tennis.
I watch mainly three games, Cricket, ODI's and T-20. I think I like cricket best
Football (soccer) used to be my passion. I obsessed about it as a kid and as an adult my first job in the US was as a head socer coach and I continued to coach throughout the last 10 years. However, I have not watched a pro game unless in the pub during that time. I just dont care anymore. I find it boring, I hate the way the game is played and I dont identify with the players. It is kind of sad really as one of the things me and my Dad talk about are the football scores and it is great to speak to him but I have no interest in the topic. I couldnt even tell you where teams are in the table or who most managers are.
Cricket is my favourite sport. It doesnt mean there are not times when I dislike it or get frustrated with it but it is in my blood. It defines a huge part of who I am.
I will play most sports. A busy week nowadays would have tennis,soccer, rugby, volleyball, American football and basketball and I enjoy them all (basketball the least though) but the only other one I enjoy watching apart from cricket is American Football. Id watch more League but it isnt on over here.
EDIT- Id add that I enjoy watching combat sports as well but cricket is King
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Cricket by far. Funnily though I hated cricket when I was a young kid. WC 1996 and Sachin mania turned it around. Now a days though I don't get as despondent as I used to when India loses in ODIs. Test matches still matter a lot to me. I would be one of the few in my set of friends to sit around watching a whole day of test cricket. Tennis comes after this.
I love playing cricket and am always the first at the ground when we play. The tough thing is getting 22 guys or at least 16 guys to come. During my last year in college we used to play every morning at 7 and I used to be the guy waking every one up and forcing them to the ground.
I'd probably still just have to go with association football. I love cricket and am far more inclined to watch cricket as a neutral than I am with any other sport (watching highlights of the 4th day of Oz/Pakistan as I type), but I think early exposure has permanently hardwired me for football. Quentin Crisp famously said there's no point being a pig farmer for thirty years before deciding to be a ballet dancer, sooner or later the pigs have become your style. That's pretty much how I am with footy; I find it infuriating and annoying but it's part of who I am.
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Cricket - massive gap - the rest. Ever since I was a kid it's occupied my idle thoughts and quite frequently displaced other thoughts too.
Of the rest, football ("soccer") used to be number 1 and I suppose when I'm in the mood it still is.
I'm getting into rugby though via Mrs Z who's long had an interest in it, and a good game of international rugby is right up there.
Also tennis can be good, particularly if there's a doomed youth from Britain involved.
And top-class athletics (which atm basically means Usain Bolt) can be electrifying.
I'd also echo fredfertang's shout for the Ryder Cup. The only sporting event to compete with Test cricket for sustained and gripping tension in my view. It's the format that counts though, because normally golf is pretty boring to watch.
Yeah, this, pretty much verbatim. I don't get angry about English collapses and defeats in the same way that I'm overwhelmed by fury when some incompetent referee robs the Grecians of points, but I've been up till 3/4am for the last two days watching from the MCG. I've been to far more football games than cricket ones... and played far more cricket games than football ones.
Both sports are equally able to cause touchline lunacy/kicking corner flags/boundary markers - although rugby union has been increasingly liable to do that lately... and I have to confess to actually getting out of my seat and yelling "come on Wales" at the Millennium Stadium last month. In my defence, m'lud, I didn't pay for the tickets, the oppo were Kiwi and all I'd seen prior to that was 70 minutes of Richie McCaw cheating (and before Voltman erupts, I tell my players to get as close to the line of the law as possible as well. It just doesn't make for open, flowing rugby).
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If the end result was AUS losing in India or England getting knocked out in the first round of the WC, the frustration & disappointment @ the end would have been equal.
One side goes down and scores, then the other side go down the other end and scores, and then someone misses, the just when it is exciting they call a time out
Was going to take over as Australia's No.1 sport in the early 90s or so they said, never even got close
You know it makes sense.
Anyway, cricket for me, SOOOOO many things wrong with soccer that I can't even start. Still love the basic game of Association Football, and prefer it now to the way it was in my youth, but 100s of other factors have always kept cricket ahead. Violence, money, loutish players and intimidation of officials being the most.
Prefer cricket for being a more meditative, complex and soothing experience, think it's better for my equilibrium TBH. I find myself having a lot more fun watching it.
I enjoy Golf too, for lots of the reasons I like cricket.
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Re: basketball. I think the trouble for those of us from a football background is the way scoring is fetishised in the sport. & by so doing the currency of scoring is completely devalued.
Simon Barnes had a good line to compare association football with Aussie Rules; he said in Aussie Rules scoring is a kiss on the lips, but in football it's an orgasm. To extend his analogy further, in basketball scoring is barely a firm handshake.
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