Sports you hate

What do you hate to do ... or watch?

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13/02/2013 at 20:33

if you are watching horse racing for entertainment I think you my be missing the point

I agree football is overhyped but i still love it. I go not for the sport so much as the cameraderie. some people go to coffee shops or pubs to be with their mates. I go to the football. it is nice to be with people who care about the same thing. that is important to me.

 

13/02/2013 at 20:36

Another vote for Rugby League - someone once decribed it as "formation mugging" and I can't disagree with that.

Can't stand F1 either, noisy and boring.

13/02/2013 at 21:13
Sussex Runner (NLR) wrote (see)
Turning this round on it's head I can't understand why more people don't watch Biathlon. Cross Country skiing and shooting. An amazing spectator sport. The last two pursuit races at the world championship were the most amazing races and yet went unnoticed on the whole in the UK. Knocks the spots off Rugby, Boxing, Formula One and even boring old football.

Except in my house. Been following the last four years.

Tora Berger wins again.

13/02/2013 at 23:35

Love watching football, cycling, American football, basketball, ice hockey, F1.

Hate with a passion rugby and cricket.

I like playing snooker and golf, but for the life of me I'll never understand how people can not get bored watching them as spectator sports. Even more so how anyone can watch darts, if you can even class that as sport.

I enjoy triathlons, but actually think professional triathlon is a terrible spectator sport due to them being allowed to draft on the bike.

14/02/2013 at 03:32

darts is fast-paced. and it also helps with your arithmetic!

snooker is great. it is a bit boring but there's nothing wrong with that. boring is good.

14/02/2013 at 06:03
Eggyh73 wrote (see)

Love watching football, cycling, American football, basketball, ice hockey, F1.

Hate with a passion rugby and cricket.

I like playing snooker and golf, but for the life of me I'll never understand how people can not get bored watching them as spectator sports. Even more so how anyone can watch darts, if you can even class that as sport.

I enjoy triathlons, but actually think professional triathlon is a terrible spectator sport due to them being allowed to draft on the bike.

Interesting points here inasmuch as some sports are good to take part in but not so good to watch.

"Personally speaking, I don't get much of a thrill watching others do things I could myself. For similar reasons I don't watch blue movies." (Quote from the late John Darling)

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
14/02/2013 at 06:33

I don't "hate" any sport, that's much too strong a word. I watch sports I like and don't watch if I don't. Simples.

14/02/2013 at 08:21
Boxing, MMA, all that octagon shite, it's just senseless violence for no reason. I don't see how people can enjoy watching someone get beat up.
And I don't like football either, I don't hate it, but I'd rather watch paint dry than a world cup final. Just bores me.
14/02/2013 at 09:03

Good thread idea...
I have struggled to think of sports that I wouldn't watch, so from years of television viewing these are my conclusions:
dressage - don't get it , bit like sychronised swimming its all subjective as far as I can see, but better than x-factor on the other channel
American sports - ice hockey and baseball great, basketball, fun to watch, american football, dull on TV at home, great in a bar - ads every 5 minutes so time for a wee, get a round in etc.
Snooker, darts - superb, I could watch for hours (and I do)
Golf - hate playing but like watching
Rugby - never been a fan of either code, just seems to be "get ball, run into crowd of players rather than empty space", but simple scoring rules make it easy to follow
Handball, hockey, football - all good to watch
winter sports - bizarre, but great viewing
Cricket - love it, the beauty of tests is you can drift in and out and still keep up
Tennis/Raquet sports - never a 'mustn't miss' but equally could happily spend an afternoon watching
motor sports - possibly leading candidates in the least watched. F1 used to be good when there were crashes, now it all seems to be a procession. Don't think I've watched a grand prix/rally in its entirety for years. Do follow the results though.
Boxing - if I'm in, and there is nothing on the other channel I'll watch. Tbh I prefer the Olympic/Commonwealth variety - 3 rounds and its over. The big bouts don't really do it for me, although I did stay up to listen to Bruno/Tyson on the radio, back in the day...Prefer to watch judo/taekwondo as its not on that much.
Horse Racing - good to watch , even better if your at the course. Better still if you got a tenner on the 12/1 shot.
Athletics - can watch endlessly. But then again I can watch a marathon from start to finish, and sometimes I question why...

I guess I agree with Ironwolf, I don't hate any sport, just prefer watching some over others.

To look at it from another angle, the sports I make an effort to watch are Athletics, Darts, Snooker and to a certain degree (depending on the fixture), football.

14/02/2013 at 09:11

Isn't darts something that fat blokes and their chav girlfriends do between drinks?

14/02/2013 at 09:28

I don't like any sports, as for watching them?

Cheerful Dave    pirate
14/02/2013 at 09:44

You can put me down for biathlon as well.  Great to watch, and they've got the TV coverage down to a fine art over the last few years.

Basketball leaves me completely cold.  Far too much scoring.

14/02/2013 at 09:57
Cheer RikF was just about to cheer Tora Berger on in the Individual that I recorded yesterday. Will have to watch to see who got the silver and bronze now ;0\
14/02/2013 at 10:01

I don't like watching any sport, really.  Mostly I just don't find it interesting, and would rather do something else.  I'll watch the daily highlights from the TdF, but that's it.

I can ignore it in the background if my Squeeze wants to watch it, with the exception of football, where the commentators drive me potty with their ott excitement and shouting.

Fortunately he's not very interested in watching sport either.  If he were, we probably wouldn't have got together!

The only sports I do are running, and I used to ski every year, but haven't done that for a couple of years.

Edited: 14/02/2013 at 10:02
14/02/2013 at 10:15

Great thread.

Never ever been able to see how the likes of darts or snooker constitute as sports. And I think golf stretches the boundaires of sport...

Don't like F1, or cricket (also in my eyes a questionable sport), and find football annoying and takes up far too much space in papers etc. After the Olympics people were saying how this looks like it could be the change needed to get better coverage of other sports...but sadly doesn't seem to be that true.

Love watching swimming. And triathlon. Also love gymnastics as it just blows my mind. Athletics is a great one as so varied. Also wish there was a bit more coverage of Disability sport as that always completely inspires me

14/02/2013 at 10:44
Sussex Runner (NLR) wrote (see)
Turning this round on it's head I can't understand why more people don't watch Biathlon. Cross Country skiing and shooting. An amazing spectator sport. The last two pursuit races at the world championship were the most amazing races and yet went unnoticed on the whole in the UK. Knocks the spots off Rugby, Boxing, Formula One and even boring old football.

Good idea for flipping the question! RW forumites won't find it weird, but a lot of my colleagues and some of my friends can't understand why I like watching cycling, especially Tour de France. It's so exciting, I can't understand why they don't like it!

14/02/2013 at 10:50
the dude abides wrote (see)

i find it quite soothing. snooker is zen.

One really hot summer when I was about 14, my sister and I spent days watching bowls on TV. One of those weeks when it was scorching hot and we couldn't be bothered to do anything other than flop in front of the TV eating ice lollies. It was strangely soothing!

 

SuperCaz wrote (see)

Formula 1 is ok on in the background when doing the ironing.

My boyfriend loves F1, I like watching it with him because I can stretch out on the sofa and have a nap. You wouldn't think the sound of those engines would be soothing but it always makes me want to sleep! He'll wake me up for the last few laps, so I can cheer on Vettel just to annoy him

14/02/2013 at 10:56

i'm a huge F1 fan, cant think of many races ive missed in the past 28 years or so that ive been watching it. i can very much understand how people might not find it interesting though, 

Edited: 14/02/2013 at 10:57
14/02/2013 at 11:04

Yes, the Tour really is something else. Despite all the drug problems, it remains an epic of endurance and daily drama.

14/02/2013 at 11:09
Peter Collins wrote (see)

Yes, the Tour really is something else. Despite all the drug problems, it remains an epic of endurance and daily drama.

Exactly! Its got to be one of the toughest events in any sport.

But my dad always says "what's so special about a bloke riding a bike?" - he thinks because he rode from London to Southend on his fixie once when he was 15 that he really understands professional cycling

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