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# 253125 27-Jul-2019 11:35
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I am not a sports fan. For whatever reason, watching people tussle over a ball just doesn't move me. I am not against any particular sport, I just have zero interest in watching all of them. 

 

I don't mind that other people enjoy sports, but I do wonder if the Rugby World Cup will collapse our Internet infrastructure, making it impossible for me to watch the things that do interest me. 

 

Anyway, this has led me to wonder: how many people here actually are not interested in Rugby? I don't want to start a discussion about whether you should be interested in it or not, or what the relative virtues or otherwise of it are. I am just curious to conduct a neutral poll. How many people do/do not have an interest in Rugby? How many, if any, are completely indifferent to it? Am I the only one?

 

 





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  # 2284519 27-Jul-2019 11:41
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I played for ten years, would get up during the night to watch test matches etc. At one point I couldn’t believe that people would call me on the phone during a test match. But now my interest is waning, I have no passion for the teams. I still like rugby but the professional stuff doesn’t excite me anymore. I enjoy watching my family members play.

Ultimately there are other things I’d rather do with my time. I wish I liked watching the big games like I used to, because I really enjoyed them. Maybe it’s because my wife and kids aren’t interested much and so most of the time if I do watch it’s by myself.

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  # 2284521 27-Jul-2019 11:46
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I don't mind amatuer sports.

If someone want to stay active and join a local league, fine

I find it irritating that I have to subside professional sports, such as stadiums, when I rather have it spent on literally anything else.

It's also annoying that people who are really good at throwing, catching or running are worshipped as demi-gods.

When was the last parade given for a scientist?

Even the terminology is horrible: there's "sport heroes", but not "research heros"

 
 
 
 


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  # 2284522 27-Jul-2019 11:49
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  # 2284525 27-Jul-2019 11:59
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I do like rugby - watch ABs with a passion - and sometimes other internationals and some Six Nations - but I don’t follow Super Rugby or provincial or any lower grades.

Played from primary school through secondary to club social rugby - stopped in my early 30’s when we moved to Oz for a while - then picked it for a further five years when I was 40. However I was never a standout player - I think I was the worst player ever created - just loved the physicality and the social side. My half-dozen closest lifetime mates are guys I first met 50 years ago when I was 18 and first started playing club rugby - we played together for years.




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  # 2284541 27-Jul-2019 12:58
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When it comes to participating in sports I am reasonably active - I run several half marathons every year, swim regularly, and used to play badminton. 

 

What I don't enjoy is watching other people playing sport. I don't care if the players are national celebrities - I still find it incredibly boring.


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  # 2284563 27-Jul-2019 13:51
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Me.

I grew up in England watching and playing football to a high level. I passed that onto my son and I now watch 3 or 4 local games a weekend.

I've never liked rugby and don't see any real skill in it to be honest.

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  # 2284564 27-Jul-2019 13:53
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  # 2284566 27-Jul-2019 14:03
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martyyn: I've never liked rugby and don't see any real skill in it to be honest.


This type of attitude is one of my pet peeves. I'm not interested in association football (I hated playing it and find it boring to watch).

Just because I don't enjoy it doesn't mean that I don't think the players are skillful. It's just not something I'm interested in.

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  # 2284572 27-Jul-2019 14:22
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I think I last watched a game of rugby in the mid 90s.
Although I do enjoy watching cricket 🤓


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  # 2284583 27-Jul-2019 15:16
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martyyn: I've never liked rugby and don't see any real skill in it to be honest.


This type of attitude is one of my pet peeves. I'm not interested in association football (I hated playing it and find it boring to watch).

Just because I don't enjoy it doesn't mean that I don't think the players are skillful. It's just not something I'm interested in.

I don't think there is no skill involved because I don't like it.

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  # 2284594 27-Jul-2019 15:38
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i used to be a huge fan but i havent watched a rugby game in 10 years or so and i couldnt name an all black. i am a huge american football fan and i could name more players in the NFL than any rugby team in NZ.





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  # 2284606 27-Jul-2019 15:46
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I've never been interested in it. I don't like it, and I don't hate it. I'm possibly slightly below neutral just due to the seemingly-prevailing expectation that everyone likes it...


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  # 2284607 27-Jul-2019 15:49
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martyyn: Me.

I grew up in England watching and playing football to a high level. I passed that onto my son and I now watch 3 or 4 local games a weekend.

I've never liked rugby and don't see any real skill in it to be honest.


That’s what I find lacking, skill. There are skilful rugby players but too much focus has been on being bigger and steam rolling opponents. I liked watching Christian Cullen play because he would beat his opponent with skills.

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  # 2284612 27-Jul-2019 16:12
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The singular most boring sport I have ever watched I try to never catch a game.

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  # 2284615 27-Jul-2019 16:19
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I'll probably watch some of the Rugby World Cup, as it is on at a decent time, and as SWMBO is from Japan, the rest of the family will probably be watching it. Other sport? I heard there was cricket on recently, and something about overthrows, but that is about the level of my interest.

 

The only sport that I watch regularly is that which my kids are involved in, but I certainly don't begrudge anyone the enjoyment of enjoying a match of whatever on TV. Whatever floats your boat.

 

 


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