It almost feels like a dirty secret I’m confessing. I joked in an e-mail with a colleague tonight, who pointed out that he was impressed that I was watching a sporting event, not to tell anybody because it’d ruin my street cred.
Ask any of my friends, and they’ll tell you, I’m not a sports fan.
I’ve explained it all kinds of ways:
I don’t like sports.
I don’t like sports fans.I don’t understand the rules.
Watching on TV is boring.I’m allergic to sports.
At the end of the day, I’ve just never been into competitive sports, because I’m a different type of competitive. I’m much more into competing with myself, so I like solo sports like rock climbing and snow boarding.
Even when I’ve watched sports that I do like, I’ve never followed them. I never memorized player stats, or knew where a team stood in a given championship.
I had nothing to personally gain or lose from knowing, or not knowing any of those things.
So why, on earth, would I take the risk of blowing my “personal brand” as a sports luddite?
I love the vibe of Philly pride.
Philly’s sense of pride is something special, and I’ve made mention of it on this blog in a negative light.
It’s fickle, and our city’s pride in our sports teams is a blister of an example for it.
But when its good, when it’s uniting, it’s a beautiful thing to be a part of a city that is proud.
I’ve been watching sports because right now, Philadelphia is proud of something for the right reasons. I wish that pride of being a Philadelphian permeated more than just the sports season. I’m watching Philadelphia sports so I can understand what about it makes us so proud, so it can be applied elsewhere in our daily lives.
Hopefully, I’ve still got my street cred.
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