Originally Posted by Spitfisher
I think Ricky Martins point & I'll admit I did not read his finer points if he listed them. But I tend to agree with him. Those that did not turn on the masters after reading Mr Woods wasn't going to play are not really fans of the Masters/Golf, but rather of Mr Woods only.
I know some people that once their team is eliminated from a play off, Baseball, hockey, or even Basketball, they'll stop watching the remaining championship. So are they fans of the sport or are they fans of their team? I think they are fans of the team who happen to know the game.
I happen to think I am a big fan of golf, I play 60 rounds per year in the Northeast, I religiously watch the majors, the weekend tournaments, the fed-ex cup, LPGA....etc. I am going to watch no matter who is playing. But there are a lot of pink hat fans that will only watch when Tiger is playing, yeah they're golf fans of tigers, but not really "fans of golf" . I believe this is RM's point.....one of which I subscribe to in theory.
Okay, try this on for size then: I've watched golf since long before Tiger was a gleam in Earl Woods' eye. However, these days I still have a hard time getting into a tournament when Tiger isn't playing. It's becoming less difficult as Tiger is less competitive, mostly because I want to see him compete. I want to see him force others to their highest ability if they want to win. At one time, that seemed to be the case - if Tiger was playing, you'd better bring your A game - but not any more. At the moment, even when relatively healthy,Tiger seems to be just an average player. With a distinct lack of "start power" on the Tour, I have a hard time finding any interest in anything but the majors, and maybe 2 or 3 other top tournaments. So I guess I'm not really a fan since I prefer to watch golf with Tiger than golf without him. But I'd rather play golf than watch any tournament.
I like baseball and have a good understanding of the game, yet I rarely watch just to watch a game. I'm more interested in rooting for my home team, The Rockies, than in just watching a game between two teams that I don't care about. I can find some interest in rooting against the other teams in our division, but I'd still rather have something more interesting to do. I also don't like the American League, so that cuts my possible baseball viewing in half right off the top.
I'm also a Bronco fan, but I do like watching other pro football games. Of all sports, pro football is my favorite viewing sport. I'm not a sports fan in general - I don't automatically seek out sports when I turn on the TV. I don't like basketball or hockey - never cared about either one. I'd rather watch grass grow than tune in to a soccer game.
I guess what I'm saying is that you can be more than a casual fan without having to devote your life to a game. If, like Erik, you do devote most of your life to a game, then you are clearly far more than a casual fan, no matter what your viewing preferences.