By admin | October 29, 2013
By Richard Allen
Over the past few days, it has been somewhat of a sports fan’s paradise. There have been World Series games, the NFL, college football and NASCAR among other things on television. The choices have been so plenteous that many fans have no doubt had to make some tough decisions as well as keep the remote working overtime.
All this variety has caused me to think about where all the major sports I watch rank in terms of most favored to least favored. By major sports, I am referring to those that receive significant television coverage.
Of course, the successes or failures of a fan’s most liked team or teams no doubt plays a role in determining where a particular sport ranks on the hierarchy of favorites list. And obviously, the fan’s geographic location is likely to be a factor in the decision making process as well. For example, those of us living in the South are far more exposed to college football than are those in the northeast.
So with all of that said, here is the list of my favorite major sports, starting with the most liked at the top.
1. NASCAR- Racing has always been and will always be my favorite sport. I may often be critical of the powers that be in NASCAR, but that’s because I am so passionate about it. If there is a race on TV, even on a ‘cookie cutter’ track, I will watch that first and squeeze any other sport that might be up against the race in during commercial breaks.
2. College Football- Hey, I live in the heart of SEC country. It would probably be some sort of a crime to not list college football at or near the top of the list. However, this is a sport that will see my interest level rise and fall based on the success or failure of the Tennessee Volunteers. Needless to say, college football has waned in my mind over the past several seasons, but hopefully, it is “Rising to the Top” now.
3. Major League Baseball- Some of my earliest sports memories come from baseball. As an 8 year old, I remember watching Boston’s Carlton Fisk wave at his homerun shot in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. But I also remember my Cincinnati Reds celebrating on the field after clinching the title after Game 7.
4. NFL- This is the sports world’s powerhouse when it comes to media coverage. It would be somewhat difficult to be a sports fan and not at least have some idea of what’s going on in professional football. The NFL often leads off the program on sports related news shows, even when it is out of season. The fact that I don’t have a single team I am totally devoted to probably hurts the NFL in my overall ranking, but I still enjoy watching the game for the sake of the game.
5. Supercross- Even though I couldn’t dream of riding a motorcycle for even one lap over a Supercross course, I have grown to really enjoy this sport over the last few years. My family and I had a great time attending a race a couple of years ago in the Georgia Dome.
6. College Basketball- As a former high school basketball coach, I’ve always had a passion for the sport. And the college variety of hoops is my favorite, especially around the time of the NCAA Tournament.
7. PGA- I enjoy watching golf, especially the major tournaments. They often make for great drama.
8. NBA- As much as I enjoy college basketball, I am only marginally entertained by the professional version of the sport. I typically only watch at playoff time or if there is nothing else of interest on.
9. NHL- I don’t think I’ve ever watched more than two minutes consecutively of any hockey game. I don’t foresee that changing anytime soon.
With all this said, I limited my choices to the major televised sports. Dirt Late Model racing trumps everything else when there is one near enough for me to attend and report on for TennesseeRacer.com. And living in east Tennessee, there is almost always a dirt track in action on the weekends.
Thank you for taking the time to look at my list. I am interested in seeing your list of favorite sports in the comments section below.
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