Like seriously. Okay, let me clarify, I do not hate sports, I personally think that they are necessary to keep in good shape with others, be it playing soccer on the park, playing table tennis, rugby, etc. I mean, I played a round or two occasionally with my pals.
But, the thing I do not get is why people take games WAY to seriously than they should be. I’ve seen people lose their heads (not literally) over the fact that a guy slipped and missed the ball, I’ve seen dads and moms shout at other kids from an opposing side in a school match. I’ve even seen dudes go at it after a supposedly friendly match. I tell you, games can really bring out the worst in some people.
The way I see it, sports should be something that unites people, hell when two opposing sides called for a truce in the first world war, they played a game they both knew, soccer. But now soccer (or football) matches are now causing riots in various cities as hooligans somehow feel that it is okay to set stuff on fire because their team didn’t win. Oh how times have changed…
Now of course I wont group all sports fans in the same boat, but sports fans can really be the worst sometimes. Like they would just be mean to another person if they supported the other team. Like say a Manchester United fan would oppose a Liverpool fan, it’s like they already have set themselves a sworn enemy in someone without really knowing them. Some do it for fun, like playfully, you know, without any ill intent or ferocity, that is alright! But others would just slam another.
Racism is also an issue in sports. Oh boy. We have many cases of disgusting display on it during matches, mostly coming from fans. From players of African origin being called derogatory terms, basketball players having racial slurs thrown at them and so on, racism seems to be something that is very prevalent among some sports fans. Fortunately, there are measures to curb such acts, and it has been successful as known troublemakers are usually banned from attending live matches. But we still occasionally get the idiot who still makes a fool of themselves in matches.
Then there is the elitism sports fans feel like they should have when comparing themselves to fans of other media. Let me clarify. Say you take enjoyment in E-sports, or Streamers who play video games on YouTube. You are sitting there, having a good time as the streamer or lets player is in a tight situation, leaving you on the edge of your seat, are they gonna get that shot, are they finally going to complete the stage and level up? Are they finally gonna beat their opponent? All these are very exciting things that fans of video games find. But in comes the NFL fan, walking in with their waft of elitism over you, saying things like, “Ugh, why don’t you watch real sports.”, “E-sports are not real sports.” or my favourite, “Why are you watching them play the game, can’t you play it yourself?” Well, why won’t they play actual football with their friends, instead of watching it on TV, placing bets in the website or screaming at the players who obviously cannot hear them.
The point I’m trying to get across is that we should let people enjoy things they like enjoying. So, log as they are not hurting anyone. And I’ll admit, there are video-game fans that take it too far, but this stigma came from the extremism that some sports fans show. The kind of extremism that hurts people, destroys things, harms relationships and so on. I’m gonna say what most people would say. It’s just a game. And that is all it is really.
Now before we end, I’d just like to clarify, this isn’t some personal thing I have against sports or sport fans, the main lesson I am trying to get out of this is that we should not takes things way too seriously, and that we should let others enjoy the things they want, be it football or Fortnite.