“Sports!”

BY CAILIN BURKE

Sports are my thing. If you know me, you know talking about sports is one of my all-time favorite conversation topics. I’ll debate, I’ll make predictions, I’ll gush over my favorite team — so on days like today, ~ The Super Bowl ~ I am even more pumped than usual… until I go on social media and see people hating on sports. I get it. Sports are not in everyone’s set of interests. You see people get all riled up and intense about their team, a big play, or a bad ref call, and you’re like, “Who cares?!” I totally understand that. But for me, sports is my hobby and passion, and it really brings a lot of fun and good memories.

I recently had a conversation with my sister and boyfriend asking, “Why does everyone make fun of sports?,” saying things like, “Oooh sports!” Or when talking about the game, someone always has to chime in, “Sports!” I know it’s often used to show that they have no knowledge in the topic – but we don’t use the same mentality when talking about other’s interests. I enjoy music – but don’t know everything about it. I don’t walk into my friend’s conversations about musicians and their stylistic comparisons and go, “Ooh music.” There are so many hobbies that people are obsessed with like fishing or chess or hiking. These interests require some knowledge to talk about, but no one is dumbing down the hobby or showing their blatant disinterest in it when someone else brings it up. We don’t see social media posts like, “Haha those hikers – not into that. Who cares. I’m just here for the trail mix, not the hike.”

Again, being disinterested in sports is fine! God gives people different ways to find enjoyment here on earth. However, sports is mine – so bragging about how you’re not into it, isn’t the most fun to constantly read. If you were passionate about something, you wouldn’t want to see everyone mocking it on social media. So yes, enjoy your food, your commercials and halftime – but still give some love to football fans just out here trying to enjoy their game day.

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