Watching sports, whether through a screen or in-person, has never been something I’m overly intrigued by. I’ve been to the odd professional sports game here and there, and every once in a while I’ll tune into a game, but neither is a common occurrence.
It’s perhaps somewhat of a paradox that I’m not a big fan of watching sports, considering I used to play a few competitively myself. I’m not really sure if there’s a distinct reason as to why I don’t typically watch sports, but I think it may have to do with the fact that I would rather be playing the sport itself as opposed to watching.
Although I don’t watch sports a lot, the seldom times I do, it’s usually for a good reason. I watched the last ten minutes of the Raptors championship game the other evening, for example, and I’m damn glad I did. Not only did I witness history being made in doing so, but further, I caught a glimpse of what so many of us see and feel when we watch sports – an incredible sense of unity amongst fans.
I find it absolutely incredible that a group of complete and utmost strangers can come together so tightly to support and cheer for a team in the world of sports. We don’t know each other, and we may not like each other, but we unite to root for our home team, creating an electric and palpable energy in the process. And, if the team we’re rooting for happens to be the underdog, it’s almost as though our unity tightens.
It’s pretty darn cool when you think about it.
I don’t watch or follow basketball, but when the Raps won and made history, you can bet that I was on my feet in my living room, celebrating in front of my television.
I would bet many other Canadians did the same thing.
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