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Glenn47
03-17-2008, 07:35 PM
Alright, so I've been reading all this stuff about making guy friends for social proof, and the most consistent theme I've seen is sports. Basketball, hockey (Minnesota here), and obviously football sound like great topics to make guy friends.

The problem is, I've NEVER watched sports of any kind. Ever.
I was a choir kid, a gamer, and always tuned out sports conversations. How can I possibly get into it now, with all the knowledge required, all the past games I never saw and therefore can't talk about, and no idea even WHEN games are on tv??

To emphasize how bad this is: I kinda know who Randy Moss is. Kinda. No specifics though. He plays for...the Packers? Or the Vikings. HELP.

Phateless
03-17-2008, 07:49 PM
find a circle that fits you. what interests you? go rock climbing, or mtn biking, or whatever... find guy friends that fit your lifestyle.

youngweezyfbaby
03-17-2008, 08:16 PM
honestly, start watching sportscenter. go to espn.com.. if you want social proof just get the basics down, it isn't hard.

Midniterider
03-17-2008, 08:25 PM
i vote for hockey, best sport on earth..

Domeremy
03-17-2008, 10:53 PM
i vote for hockey, best sport on earth..
to bad this is america and football is number one here.

To the OP, the football then basketball are the biggest sports in america. Your going to have to find friends who like football. Watching football by yourself on espn will just make you super bored. Learn the positions and learn the players of your favorite (usually local) team. You dont need to know a ton but knowing the rules of football and how players work along with the players will be really helpful to you. Remember you dont need to come off as a football pro, just someone who knows a bit about the sport.

careful
03-17-2008, 11:41 PM
Try watching MMa or boxing. Most guys love it and MMa is just a growing sport so it's easier to follow. Watch UFC. :)

helicopter
03-18-2008, 01:20 AM
Note: I'm from Australia

Personally have no clue on nearly all sports bar soccer and even then it's just world cup matches. You really don't need to learn about something you arnt' interesed in, you'll end up just finding it a waste of time. Find your passion and build friends around that.

Nearly all the girls I'm friends with all make fun of jocks. Being an average guy who is really into his sport is nothing impressive. Period.

TheJimster
03-18-2008, 03:42 AM
Note: I'm from Australia

Personally have no clue on nearly all sports bar soccer and even then it's just world cup matches. You really don't need to learn about something you arnt' interesed in, you'll end up just finding it a waste of time. Find your passion and build friends around that.

Nearly all the girls I'm friends with all make fun of jocks. Being an average guy who is really into his sport is nothing impressive. Period.

I agree. But if you really want to get into sports, pick a team to cheer for like the Vikings. Get REALLY INTO them. Wiki the team and learn the players names and get latest news on them. Soon, you'll be obsessed with football. Watching ESPN will be death if you don't like any sports

Rolls
03-18-2008, 04:36 AM
Wait a second... You are a gamer?

Go down to your local shop and pick up a game of EA sports Madden, or NFL.

Easy as chips. Will give you some insight, and you are learning in a way that suits you. You are only 19, so you can easily ask someone to come round have a game with you (not straight away of course... you dont want to be picking blokes up! lol) and a few beers etc. Hell, i am 27, and on the odd occasion have footie tourney's with my mates...(although that is real football... the one named after the apendage you use in the game!)

Cedar
03-18-2008, 04:55 AM
I've NEVER watched sports of any kind. Ever.


I'm sport stupid, hasn't hurt me. If it bothers you, join a fantasy football league. You'll know everything you need for conversation in a single season. Better option is to PLAY sports. Check the city of Minneapolis park n Rec board, or the csc sports website. Both have team league for a variety of sports.

Don't game girls at games, btw. If you're at this level, use it purely to get social and build some confidence in your sporting knowledge.

Remember. Be Fun. Be Fit. Be interesting.

Humpel
03-18-2008, 05:20 AM
Yeah you can waste your time watching tv or reading sport magazines,
but since you should be between 18-21 i suggest you simply start to do sports, then you'll become more interesseted in it and dont have to force yourself to.
So you could go to a gym, start to work out (by that you gain muscles btw.) and chat about the newest fitness tips, whatever.

Personally, I still thinks thats kinda a waste of time... since i am a fan of all-in-1 solutions, I'd really recommend you to learn any material art, selfdefence or combat sport instead, depending on your age, general fitness and logistics.

Short list of advantages:
1) Your able to defend yourself in case of emergency
2) You can find new friends there, who are mostly cool people and mostly not into typical sports
3) After like a half year of intense training (depending on the effectivity of the art you chose) you can start to brag about your superior fighting skills, cause you will be able to beat the shit out of every regular guy, at least you have to believe so until it really happens :D
4) In the meantime you gain higher self-confidence, muscles and will automatically start to act more alpha
5) When it comes down to girls: perfect DHV story, as long as you dont act like the new karate kid
6) Ever showed a girl the magic "I can crack wood" trick? Takes about a year of training.
7) One more: Usually even men like the company of other men who are able to fight

Mation
03-18-2008, 10:21 AM
Wait a second... You are a gamer?

Go down to your local shop and pick up a game of EA sports Madden, or NFL.

Easy as chips. Will give you some insight, and you are learning in a way that suits you. You are only 19, so you can easily ask someone to come round have a game with you (not straight away of course... you dont want to be picking blokes up! lol) and a few beers etc. Hell, i am 27, and on the odd occasion have footie tourney's with my mates...(although that is real football... the one named after the apendage you use in the game!)

That's what I was going to say. I've always been interested in sports, but I kind of fell off with basketball for a few years. I seriously didn't know anything about the current teams and players. Then I bought NBA Live for the PS2, played a season, and all of a sudden I'm an expert again. Now I watch NBA and I actually know who all these people are.

Same goes for other sports, as well. Almost every pro golfer and skater I know, I know from playing video games 1st. Then, when I catch them on TV, I feel like I'm in familiar territory.

Oh, and SportCenter is THE place to hear about current happenings in the world of sports.

Pony Boy
03-18-2008, 10:45 AM
find a circle that fits you. what interests you? go rock climbing, or mtn biking, or whatever... find guy friends that fit your lifestyle.
yeah basically. hang out with people with similar interests. it'll be funner, and it'll probably benefit the lifestyle you are trying to pursue.

i'm an artist...and sometimes feel inadequate for not being able to keep up with sports since i am always very involved with art news.

usually i can talk to guys about music, movies, or video games. or even about girls and good porn recommendations.

Glenn47
03-18-2008, 11:39 AM
Alright, thanks for all the feedback! I'm especially glad to hear I'm not the only guy here who's sport stupid. I read in another post that to make guy friends sports was key, but I suppose it's true that I don't really like sports fanatics. I'd rather meet other singers, which'll come naturally being a music major.

As far as the gym portion of the advice, well, I work at one, and the free membership has been helping my physique a lot! :) But I really should get a sporty hobby! Rock climbing...I'll have to look into that. Thanks!

Oh, and maybe someday I'll force myself to buy one of those NFL games...and an XBox would help too, to do that Halo talk or whatever. A word of advice: Don't buy the Wii first.

Canuck
03-18-2008, 11:59 AM
Don't get Madden it's boring. Half the time your picking plays instead of playing the game. Get NHL 08 it's a lot of fun + you live in Minnesota which is famous in the states for it's hockey. Hell you could even go watch some college games and even make a date out of it.

MKMK
03-18-2008, 03:04 PM
If you have a desire to learn sports, then you'll be able to learn them. I'm from England, and I started getting interested in American Football. It was BAFFLING to me at first, but I've picked it up pretty well, and, well, I live in England. Seein as how you're surrounded by it you should pick it up fairly easily.

cloudeight
03-18-2008, 05:53 PM
why are you trying to get into sports?

i dont like sports either, so i avoid the subject. if people talk about it, just listen in on it

i have a pretty diverse group of guy friends who know i dont give a shit about sports and it doesnt bother them