I really came out of the closet as a total sports NON-fan when I posted this rant as a comment to a column on SDFP last year:
[A]s a non-sports person, Chargers — and every other sports team — CAN continue to “play” in whatever place they now have. Unless the owners build a new one. Simple. Just like any other actual business that doesn’t receive public subsidies. You, and everyone else on this forum, know that those terrible money numbers are direct result of the disastrous contracts the city has allowed with Chargers — AND Padres! — for their “playgrounds”. How much is the continuing debt service on PETCO Park?
Many other much more valuable businesses have departed our fair city. You think we are gonna shell out any more to keep this bunch of thugs (owners AND players) around? I certainly hope not.
Furthermore, any and all non-monetary incentives that sports teams get that businesses and companies in other industries do NOT get, should be eliminated. These, too, are drains on the general public. It’s even less fair to me than it is to Judi; she wants to go to the games if she could afford it. I could care less about any of the sports. But, as a city dweller, worker and home owner, I hafta pay for them. NO public subsidy for Chargers!
I don’t just mean ‘not a sports fan’ I mean a TOTAL opposite-of-what-a-fan is.
Most guys who aren’t particularly sports fans would just rather be doing something else than watching “the game.” I, however, think modern team sports is more than just a waste of time and energy. I think the culture of macho surrounding most sports teams adds greatly to crime. So, in light of Doug Porter’s 9/9 column, I’d like to explain briefly why I contend team sports are bad for us – people who participate in them and society as a whole.
Everywhere, from soccer hooligans in Ireland (and other places) to Penn State to the rapes in Marysville to the most recent example of Ray Rice, we see the culture of sports contributing to crime and lawlessness. Because sports is such a part of our culture in the US, this illegal, and often immoral, behavior is often covered-up or even officially sanctioned. Perusing the daily fishwrap for almost any town on almost any day gives enough evidence of both of these contentions.
There’s also the teach ‘em to follow orders without question aspect of team sports. This is really nothing more than devious and insidious preparation for military service. For where else but the military is the way of blind obedience valued as it is in team sports?
The team aspect also contributes to the well-documented “closing the ranks” behavior seen in law enforcement agencies. I’d bet that a survey would find almost 100% of police officers have a background in team sports. The cultural attitudes that fuel one also propel the other. Connected with this is the attitude of anonymity giving rise to reckless – and sometimes anti-social – behavior. This is demonstrated in many actions from idiotic painting the body in the team colors/logos to heckling players and officials to throwing things onto the playing field to, finally, violence by fans on other fans. Again, news articles have shown this many times.
Finally, there is the feeling I get every time I see vehicle going by festooned with team flags and pennants. I notice that these are usually big trucks and I shake my head and think, “There goes another gass guzzlin’ red-blooded ’Murrican sports fan.”