Sports are a genuinely wonderful thing. There’s nothing that can match the thrill and adrenaline rush of cheering on your favorite team or watching someone come inches away from victory only to have it snatched away. Sports are something that can be an incredibly personal experience but can also be at it’s best when shared with other people. There’s a real sense of community when it comes to sporting events as everyone comes together to share in something that you all truly love. The problem is that sports, and sports fans, in particular, have a bit of a reputation problem. A lot of the time the image that the world has of sports fans is of loud, rude, and sometimes even violent people who seem to want to spoil the whole experience for the rest of us. Sports should never be something that makes people feel unsafe or unwelcome so, with that in mind, here are some simple ways to be a better sports fan and how to encourage others to do the same.
Did you know that football only sees around 11 minutes of action in the average game? The rest is just filler, commercials, and line outs. Baseball isn’t much better. People who love that game seem to spend more time pouring over statistics than they do actually watching it. It’s a game for closet statisticians and anoraks who love acronyms.
Here in the states, we think that we have sports more or less figured out. You can’t get away from Football from high school onwards, baseball starts even earlier, and the NHL appears on millions of screens all winter long. While I love all these games, if you dig a little you find that our passion for sports has got us living in a bubble! Here are three sports from around the world which you’ve never heard of…
For regular people, sports have a way of getting the adrenaline pumping. But for adrenaline junkies, lawn bowls, cricket, and even American football aren’t enough.
If you really want to get your heart rate up into the 200s, you have to believe that you’re in some kind of danger. Here’s what some of the craziest people in the world do to get their kicks.