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Fun OT - Without your favorite teams, what's your favorite sport

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Posted: 7/14/2014 8:34 PM

Fun OT - Without your favorite teams, what's your favorite sport 


The Mets as you all know are BY FAR my favorite Sports team period.  But American Football is my favorite sport, followed by basketball and baseball.  And I would not know that hockey was a Big 4 sport if the Rangers never existed.

If you guys weren't Mets fans, would you guys follow baseball at all, or is it your number 1 sport

Lets spark a fun debate during this break.
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Posted: 7/14/2014 8:38 PM

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Baseball is my #1 along with the Mets. If baseball didn't exist, then I guess the next one would be curling or synchronized bowling. After that I suppose it would be basketball and maybe I would then actually start to follow soccer but those are so far away from baseball to me.

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Posted: 7/14/2014 8:40 PM

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RSVandy wrote: Baseball is my #1 along with the Mets. If baseball didn't exist, then I guess the next one would be curling or synchronized bowling. After that I suppose it would be basketball and maybe I would then actually start to follow soccer but those are so far away from baseball to me.
So baseball is the no. 1 sport for you, Mets or no Mets?  It's like that for me in NFL football
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Posted: 7/14/2014 8:50 PM

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It's baseball.  I say that because I can watch any baseball.  I can watch a blow out between two A.L. teams that have nothing to do with the Mets.  I can watch a minor league game.  A college game.  Whenever there's a game at the school I work at I try to watch.  The other day I was walking in a park with my girlfriend and I made her watch an inning of a little league game that was going on.  Kids were fielding the ball fairly well, I must say.
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Posted: 7/14/2014 9:11 PM

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Good thread! Very very hard to say as my tastes have changed as I've gotten older. Until I was 20 or so, baseball was far and away my #1 sport. In the 70s without cable we didn't see the quantity like we do now and I was always glued to the set to see Monday Night baseball (yes there was such a thing, I think Joe Garagiola was the announcer) as well as the Saturday afternoon game of the week. I would watch whatever team was playing because that was your only opportunity to see these teams on TV. From roughly my 20s and 30s the NFL supplanted baseball as my #1 sport though I still liked baseball a lot. I guess the best way to judge is this: If I wasn't watching my favorite MLB or NFL teams which would i be more likely to watch without being emotionally invested in the teams? Answer= NFL game, but only slightly. Hockey and NBA distant 4th.
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Posted: 7/14/2014 9:45 PM

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My tastes have changed too, although baseball remains my main passion, as I played more baseball as a kid. Growing up in the NY area, I was blessed to be a Mets/Jets/Knicks/Rangers fan in 1969/70. Since then, I've moved around the country a lot. Started getting into college hoops in the early 80's living in LA. I went Georgetown and was the asst. equipment manager one year (Craig "Sky" Shelton was the star of that early John Thompson team, along with a freshman called Sleepy Floyd) , so when the Patrick Ewing teams started becoming a Final Four fixture I followed college hoops pretty closely (the loss to Villanova in the Finals remains my most devastating moment in fandom--probably the greatest single game performance in NCAA finals history).

When I moved to SF in the mid-80's, I became a big GS Warriors fan, as they had some great players (Purvis Short, Sleepy Floyd) but not good teams. It was strange rooting for Hoya nemesis Chris Mullin later as part of Run TMC (with Mitch Richmond and Tim Hardaway--what a great trio of players), but I got over that. Not really into hoops very much these days, college or pro. Living in Chicago since '93, I became a Blackhawks fan, but only really follow hockey once the playoffs start.

Football has become my other big sport. Got back into it in the 90's, and remain a big Jets fan. Can't get into the Bears. I can watch any football game.
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Posted: 7/14/2014 10:07 PM

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Mets, SU basketball, Knicks and Jets in that order. The Mets and baseball in general have been my lifelong obsessions but I've slowly lost interest in non Mets regular season baseball. And when the Mets aren't relevant like now I even lose interest in them pretty quickly. Heck if I could talk my sons into playing lacrosse instead of baseball I probably would at this point and I don't even like LAX. Baseball in general has become very plodding to me in my middle age. Give me a good basketball game- college or pro- anytime.
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Posted: 7/14/2014 10:09 PM

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MookieLJL wrote: Mets, SU basketball, Knicks and Jets in that order. The Mets and baseball in general have been my lifelong obsessions but I've slowly lost interest in non Mets regular season baseball. And when the Mets aren't relevant like now I even lose interest in them pretty quickly. Heck if I could talk my sons into playing lacrosse instead of baseball I probably would at this point and I don't even like LAX. Baseball in general has become very plodding to me in my middle age. Give me a good basketball game- college or pro- anytime.
You an Alum? Amazing57 and myself went there.
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Posted: 7/14/2014 10:12 PM

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Basketball will always be my number one.  Baseball used to be second, mainly because of the Mets, but the game just moves too slowly and I've lost patience with it over the years.  The Mets being bad hasn't helped matters.  I like the stats side of the game more than watching it now.  I'd say English Premier League soccer has moved up to number two on my list now.  Games are meaningful, they don't last 3-4 hours, players and fans are incredibly passionate, and the caliber of play is at times incredible.
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Posted: 7/14/2014 10:14 PM

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MookieLJL wrote: Mets, SU basketball, Knicks and Jets in that order. The Mets and baseball in general have been my lifelong obsessions but I've slowly lost interest in non Mets regular season baseball. And when the Mets aren't relevant like now I even lose interest in them pretty quickly. Heck if I could talk my sons into playing lacrosse instead of baseball I probably would at this point and I don't even like LAX. Baseball in general has become very plodding to me in my middle age. Give me a good basketball game- college or pro- anytime.
You an Alum? Amazing57 and myself went there.

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Not an alum. Just a lifelong upstate NY guy who loves college hoops. SU is the only game in town so you either end up loving them or hating them. I chose the latter. I made the mistake of choosing D3 schools for both undergrad and grad school.
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Posted: 7/14/2014 10:18 PM

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Basketball will always be my number one.  Baseball used to be second, mainly because of the Mets, but the game just moves too slowly and I've lost patience with it over the years.  The Mets being bad hasn't helped matters.  I like the stats side of the game more than watching it now.  I'd say English Premier League soccer has moved up to number two on my list now.  Games are meaningful, they don't last 3-4 hours, players and fans are incredibly passionate, and the caliber of play is at times incredible.

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I've become a big advocate of timed sports. And our spring and Fall weather is so horrible I'm especially partial to timed indoor sports.
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Posted: 7/14/2014 10:19 PM

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Without fan interest.....I'd have to say football ...or college basketball.

But I'm driven by fandom. Mets/Jets/St Joes/Penn State....and a bit Knicks/Rangers

I find it hard to completely ignore any Mets games....even when they r playing poorly. When I'm out with my GF...I'm like the guy in the commercial...who is sneaking looks...and getting in trouble for it.

Mets...first and formost....since 62.
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Posted: 7/14/2014 10:24 PM

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Eqc2003 wrote:
RSVandy wrote: Baseball is my #1 along with the Mets. If baseball didn't exist, then I guess the next one would be curling or synchronized bowling. After that I suppose it would be basketball and maybe I would then actually start to follow soccer but those are so far away from baseball to me.
So baseball is the no. 1 sport for you, Mets or no Mets?  It's like that for me in NFL football
Yeah, baseball is by far my #1 sport even with no Mets. I guess that I would just be a fan of another team if MLB invoked some sort of mercy rule and contracted the Mets.
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Posted: 7/14/2014 10:39 PM

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Tennis. Then baseball. Then any sport where people beat the crap out of each other without rolling around on the ground (e.g. boxing, kickboxing, muay thai, etc.)

I like 1-on-1 sports. The beauty of baseball is blends 1-on-1 confrontation with teamwork. I find great fielding and baserunning much more entertaining than batting, which is probably reflected in my anti-slugger bias. That said, I think most people are biased toward sluggers, though I do understand the value of power.

Baseball used to be a clear #1. It's still close. I played as a kid and that's where a lot of the joy came from. I also grew up in the 80s and was lucky enough to choose the Mets before much about what was going on. My friends were Yankees fans and I was a contrarian. I don't consider myself a fan the way I used to be, but that makes me realize how much I love the game, because follow the Mets and MLB despite hating ownership and the league.
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Posted: 7/14/2014 11:00 PM

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I'm a MLB first guy, with NFL (Giants) a close second, followed by college bball & football.

7 days til the Gmen open camp.

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Posted: 7/14/2014 11:00 PM

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MookieLJL wrote:


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MookieLJL wrote: Mets, SU basketball, Knicks and Jets in that order. The Mets and baseball in general have been my lifelong obsessions but I've slowly lost interest in non Mets regular season baseball. And when the Mets aren't relevant like now I even lose interest in them pretty quickly. Heck if I could talk my sons into playing lacrosse instead of baseball I probably would at this point and I don't even like LAX. Baseball in general has become very plodding to me in my middle age. Give me a good basketball game- college or pro- anytime.
You an Alum? Amazing57 and myself went there.

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Not an alum. Just a lifelong upstate NY guy who loves college hoops. SU is the only game in town so you either end up loving them or hating them. I chose the latter. I made the mistake of choosing D3 schools for both undergrad and grad school.
Lemoyne?  Go Jesuits!
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Posted: 7/14/2014 11:09 PM

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MookieLJL wrote:


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MookieLJL wrote: Mets, SU basketball, Knicks and Jets in that order. The Mets and baseball in general have been my lifelong obsessions but I've slowly lost interest in non Mets regular season baseball. And when the Mets aren't relevant like now I even lose interest in them pretty quickly. Heck if I could talk my sons into playing lacrosse instead of baseball I probably would at this point and I don't even like LAX. Baseball in general has become very plodding to me in my middle age. Give me a good basketball game- college or pro- anytime.
You an Alum? Amazing57 and myself went there.

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Not an alum. Just a lifelong upstate NY guy who loves college hoops. SU is the only game in town so you either end up loving them or hating them. I chose the latter. I made the mistake of choosing D3 schools for both undergrad and grad school.
Lemoyne?  Go Jesuits!

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SUNY Cortland and University of Rochester.
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Posted: 7/14/2014 11:19 PM

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DocK16 wrote: Basketball will always be my number one.  Baseball used to be second, mainly because of the Mets, but the game just moves too slowly and I've lost patience with it over the years.  The Mets being bad hasn't helped matters.  I like the stats side of the game more than watching it now.  I'd say English Premier League soccer has moved up to number two on my list now.  Games are meaningful, they don't last 3-4 hours, players and fans are incredibly passionate, and the caliber of play is at times incredible.
What did you think of the World Cup this year, Doc?
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Posted: 7/14/2014 11:35 PM

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Baseball in general has become very plodding to me in my middle age. Give me a good basketball game- college or pro- anytime.

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Too plodding.....too long. I agree. It has to change. Watching a bit of a phillies game the other day....and the fans were booing their own guy (Paplebon).....for good reason. He was taking forever to throw a pitch....stepping off....throwing to first or second a dozen times. It was extreme...but even a lesser form of it brings the game to a screeching halt.

3+ hour games are becoming the rule. Selig never took the issue seriously.

But the game will be speeded up. It is inevitable.
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Posted: 7/14/2014 11:36 PM

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Baseball
Soccer
Football

Those are the only 3 sports that I can watch a ton of games in which my favorite team is not involved.   I pay zero attention to basketball once my favorite team is out, and without a favorite hockey team, I just watch the playoffs on occasion.

Baseball is the favorite and remains one of those sports where I can sit back and watch a game and just enjoy the way the game is played.  Soccer is a more recent discovery, but its gotten to the point that I am watching club matches for multiple world leagues just to compare the quality. 

Football is 3rd because I generally follow the college game more than the pro game.  Outside of my chiefs, I don't watch much NFL outside of the postseason.

The dreaded sig of doom has chosen future hall of famer Jason Heyward as its target.

May the baseball gods have mercy on your soul!

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