Sports was never an interest to me until a few years ago. And even with that, I’m only drawn to particular teams in the major international leagues. Call me unpatriotic but I don’t care much for local teams. Even during the World Cup, I find myself struggling to support my home country. Maybe it’s because of the drama that comes with it every time and the surety that they can only reach a certain stage.
So unless it’s Real Madrid, maybe Barcelona, Manchester United or Bayern Munich, I wouldn’t spare another minute to find out how they are faring. Though I’m always fascinated by the quality of play, coupled with the beauty of the pitch and the energy of the fans at the stadium, I’ve never really pictured myself watching a football (soccer) game live at the stadium.
Probably it’s because of the thousands of people at one place who would roar in excitement when there’s a goal which makes me a bit uncomfortable. And history has a few sad stories of a commotion occurring at such venues where people are left injured and even dead.
So I’d rather watch a football match in my living room where I can scream my lungs out, stomp my feet and do my own little celebratory dance when my favorite team scores a goal.
But apart from football, I love watching basketball as well. But I don’t exactly have favorite teams to cheer. I just love the game and I don’t care who is winning as long as I’m enjoying the dunking. I love the sound their boots make as the players dribble on the smooth floor and when the players display their creative styles in dunking. In both games, I love the spirit of teamwork which makes winning such a group celebration and not just a personal feat.
As the basketball court is way smaller compared to the football pitch and likewise the crowd, I’d like to watch a basketball game live as the action takes place. With a football game, it is possible to watch 90+ minutes of it and still have no goal to celebrate. But with basketball, one can be assured of seeing counting numbers on the scoreboard.
So for me, I’d say it depends. If it is football, I’d rather watch at home. If it’s basketball, I’d love to watch live.
What about you? What games do you enjoy watching and where would you rather watch it? I love reading your thoughts as always.
© Josephine Amoako 2016