How to love hockey and soccer
OK. Truth be told, I am not a hockey or a soccer fan. And believe me, if you don’t like a sport that someone else loves, they take it personally. They believe we in the sports media biz have a personal vendetta against them and their favorite sport and that hockey, soccer or the WNBA would be just as popular as the NFL if we only gave them the same coverage. I appreciate the belief in our awesome power to shape public opinion, but truth be told, we can only respond to the interest people already have.
But doing this for a living, I finally figured out a few years ago how sports like hockey or soccer are popular with little or no scoring. You’ve got to REALLY CARE who wins. Because if you do… then it’s non-stop tension, ’cause the winning goal could come at any time. In countries where kids have grown up rooting for the home town soccer team, the passion is enormous. Same for long time hockey fans. I know in the regular season I can’t get fired up whether the Kings or Ducks win. But come the playoffs — I get it. From the opening face off to the final horn, I’m into it.
But if you don’t have an emotional investment in a soccer or hockey team… it’s just guys going back and forth. Those of you who love those sports… please understand. It’s really nothing personal.