Sports. Even though there are some incredibly passionate fans, they aren’t for everyone. In fact, I may be one of the only people at List25 that enjoys them. But sometimes, your friends may drag you to an event, or maybe your significant other loves sports, and you go just because you know they enjoy it. Whatever the case may be, how can you possibly have fun when you’re at something you don’t like? Well don’t worry, because we’ve got you covered with this quick guide on How To Enjoy Sporting Events When You’re Not That Into Sports.
Go with Friends/Family
Everything is more fun with other people. Take it from me. I recently went to Epcot by myself, and while I still loved it, it just wasn’t the same. Especially if it’s something you don’t enjoy, friends will always make it more enjoyable. Because you can do things like…
Make Jokes (MST3K It)
You know MST3K, right? If not, you need to stop reading this and go watch it, or at least some clips on YouTube. I’ll wait.
Are you back? Excellent. Wasn’t that fun? If you noticed, they take bad movies and joke over them to make them fun and entertaining. You can do this too by making jokes or giving the players voices. Be as silly as you want…but maybe not so loud because you don’t want to ruin other people’s experience.
Look, if you don’t like or know anything about the sport your attending, that’s fine! Feel free to ask questions. We sports fans can be friendly (maybe not so much when our team is losing, but that’s only a select few). Whatever you do, DON’T pretend to be an expert or anything. It’ll will be pretty obvious, and you’ll just look like a jerk, an idiot, or both.
Pay Attention to the Cheers/Songs
In certain sports for certain teams, there’s a tradition of cheers and/or songs that happen throughout the game. For instance, during a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game, the stadium will be “split” in half, with the East side yelling “TAMPA!” and the West side replying with “BAY!” The Nashville Predators have a whole host of chants they do; they’ve even made a web page dedicated to it. Chants and songs are always so fun to do, and it really makes you feel part of the family.
Learn a Little Bit bout the Sport
Not everyone will want to do this one (my friend even made a face when I mentioned this), but I still feel if you learn a bit about the sport you’re going to watch, it’ll help you from being completely lost. My sister once took me to a Dashboard Confessional concert up in Philly. I knew NONE of their songs, and I can’t begin to tell you just how lost I felt. I assume it’s the same way for people not knowing the rules at a game. Just a little bit of knowledge would help you in enjoying the event that much more.
When All Else Fails, Drink!
In moderation! I am 100% not advocating getting completely sloshed and becoming an obnoxious mess. But drinking a bit does calm the nerves, and it could help you enjoy yourself more. Maybe even get themed drinks if the stadium offers them; who doesn’t love souvenir cups?