You want to know how I started getting into watching sports as a kid? It wasn’t because my dad was a die-hard fan and introduced me to it. He couldn’t care less about sports. Nor was it because my friends watched it and were super passionate about it. It was very simple — there was nothing to do. I was 7 with no Internet. Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network kept playing the same stuff. I’m not a fan of reading for fun, and screw studying.
So one night, I decided to walk into the living room and see what my dad was up to. He was doing what he does every night — sitting on his couch and reading his Chinese newspaper while the Giants game was on. He didn’t have anything better to do, and neither did I. So I sat next to him and just started watching.
Once the Giants missed the playoffs and baseball season ended for me, I was back to square one. I had nothing to do. Then basketball season came around, and because our house had FSN Bay Area, I started watching Warriors games.
This is the way it has always been. When it comes to sports, it’s simply something I watch for fun. When the pre-2010 Giants sucked, it was fine with me. At least they were playing, and I had something to keep me entertained. There were a lot of ups and downs for the Giants and Warriors from 2005 to 2010, although there were a lot more downs than ups. But that didn’t bother me. Win or lose, that was all sports was to me — strictly entertainment.
Obviously, I’m not like most fans. In fact, you can make the argument that I’m not even a fan. I’m just a kid from San Francisco with CSN Bay Area. If you compare me with fans who actually want their team to win, I’m different.
When Utah knocked Golden State out of the playoffs in 2007, it was probably really sad and heartbreaking for die-hard fans. It was probably even more heartbreaking when the Warriors got even better and won 48 games the next year but still missed the playoffs. For the Golden State faithful, it must’ve been so disappointing, considering all the heart and commitment they put into the entire season. As for me? I just shrugged and said, “Oh well. That was fun. Next season guys.”
This is why I don’t classify myself as a fan. When it comes to hardcore, super “I’m all in on this” fans, I don’t see them having fun. They’re just always stressed out. When something goes wrong, I usually see two things happen. One, they’re really mad and frustrated and then get aggressive and allow that one sports event to affect their personal lives. Or two, they start complaining, which later turns to crying.
I guess I got it from my dad. When it comes to sports, I’ll watch it, but at the end of the day, I don’t really care. So I’m probably not in the position to judge die-hard fans, but here’s my personal opinion.
You guys need to calm down. It’s just a game. In fact, it’s a game you’re not even playing. You’re just a spectator. Does it really have to take over your life like that?
And even when things do work out and a team does great, it’s not even that satisfying. When the Giants took the World Series in 2010, everybody became a Giants fan. Games started selling out, and all of a sudden, the city was crazy about baseball. Then 2011 happened, and the Giants missed the playoffs, and everybody either got really mad or really sad.
So when people ask me which team I root for, I can’t really give them an answer because I’m not necessarily rooting for the Warriors and Giants to win. (Except for the 49ers. I root for them to lose but that’s another story.) I simply watch for entertainment. I just want to watch whatever and whoever is playing on CSN Bay Area. I’m 19 now, and nothing’s changed. Just like my dad and just like me when I was a kid, I watch because I’m bored and I don’t have anything better to do.
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