I don't really like Sports Bars

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    Jun 15, 2007 2:00 PM GMT
    I dunno there's just something about them I don't like. Maybe it's all the smoke. Perhaps it's the screaming commentators. I just don't like being seen in them and I don't want people to know that I go to them either. Maybe it's the thought of all those sweaty, leery, drunk guys watching some game that no-one knows the rules that turns me off.

    What do you guys think? I am wrong to dislike that whole sports bar thang?
  • Laurence

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    Jun 15, 2007 2:16 PM GMT
    When have you ever been in a sports bar? I'd have thought a showtunes piano bar was more your thing.

    Though I agree, most sports bars are heavily populated by straight men, and British straight men especially seem to get very aggressive and boorish when watching sport and drinking.

    Loz
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    Jun 15, 2007 2:19 PM GMT
    I think sports bar suck...BTW I've heard that from the first of July England goes smoke free,which means no more smoking in bars, pubs and clubs_is that true?
  • Laurence

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    Jun 15, 2007 2:29 PM GMT
    Yes Tieg It's true, you can't smoke in a public place after 1st July in England. That not only means the places you say, but also places like outside train stations.

    This rule is already in force in Ireland and Scotland, so I don't think too many people are too upset by what's going to happen.
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    Jun 15, 2007 2:44 PM GMT
    That's great_I didn't believe this when I've heard it_I think it will help a lot of people quit smoking cos all my friends say that the biggest temptation is when they go out for a drink and everybody is smoking arround them.It's also great for people who work in pubs in bars.
    I think it's a great thing what's happening
    there.
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    Jun 15, 2007 2:48 PM GMT
    I feel a show tune coming on...
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    Jun 15, 2007 5:01 PM GMT
    Are you suggesting that sports bars do more harm than good to the straight community? :D
  • mcwclewis

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    Jun 15, 2007 5:59 PM GMT
    Blue skittles are my favorite
  • kew1

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    Jun 15, 2007 6:40 PM GMT
    "It's true, you can't smoke in a public place after 1st July in England. That not only means the places you say, but also places like outside train stations."

    Hi Laurence,people can still smoke in public places,but not in public buildings, places of work,even company cars will have to be smoke free.

    Not sure about stopping people smoking outside stations as it's in the open air, but may hit them with fines if the drop the cigarette ends !
    Paul, non smoker & hate the smell!
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    Jun 15, 2007 8:43 PM GMT
    Hell yeah! I'm super happy about the smoking ban. London was a difficult place to try and give up in. I wasn't able to finally quit smoking until I moved back stateside. It was madness, I tried so many times to stop but the second you step outside yr flat or any train station its blown directly in your face. Hell on my breaks at work (was bar-tending) I would go outside for fresh air -and I was a smoker! I guess that comes w/ the territory of the job though...
    I'm actually considering returning now that it won't be so overwhelming.
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    Jun 15, 2007 8:43 PM GMT
    Here in Ontario we've had a non smoking environment, clubs, bars, any public places from the past two years so everyone is used to it by now over here...I know i am a smoker and i'm not shy to say it...But I do respect every non smoker and i make sure i'm keeping my distance when i have one and a pack of gum in my pocket.

    And for the sports bar, well i've never been into those since i am not a sports fan, hockey, football etc...And i drink a beer in the odd times like once every 3 months?

    But in my own opinion if someone is enjoying a sports bar for their personal, socializing reason then cool, i'm happy for their fun times. The world has all kinds of people, everyone is different but yet we're all humans.

    :) huggles to all



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    Jun 15, 2007 8:46 PM GMT
    I want to correct myself on the non smoking in ontario, i said past 2 years but i am pretty sure it's been longer then 2 years...I was 19 when we had to smoke outside the clubs and now i'm 25 so it's been awhile :)
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    Jun 15, 2007 8:51 PM GMT
    I think sports bars certainly do more harm then good in the straight community. Let's face it, the image of a bunch of slovenly drunk, out of shape straight men shouting at a screen showing sone kind of game they themselves are to lazy to actually go out and play isn't a very positive one.

    Perhaps if stright sport bar patrons went out and sang some show tunes in a piano bar, the gay community would find them more palatable.
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    Jun 16, 2007 1:43 AM GMT
    I've been to a couple of gay sports bars that have been "OK" as a starting off point (don't wanna end my nigiht there). Hey New Mexico just went smoke free TODAY! Love it!
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    Jun 16, 2007 2:48 AM GMT
    I think the intention behind sports bars is good. I understand why people want to be with their own kind. I really do. I was once that way.

    But I came to understand that sports bars make straight people look bad. First, there is the sheer indolence of sitting at a table and knocking back brewskis. I think it's a terrible commentary on heterosexuality when straight men are so unhappy they have to drink and eat salted peanuts to kill their existential angst. I would rather see them at home, mounting their wives and firing up their barbecue grills, practicing their putting, beating up fag golfers. You know -- doing the normal things normal people do.

    I've seen men get drunk in sports bars and miss the urinal while pissing. I personally do not go to a sports bar to see some fat straight man waving his dick around in the public restroom. I don't do that! And I don't want to be associated with it.

    And let's not even talk about the clothing. I mean, can you imagine having a 46" waist and wearing a 10-year-old sleeveless Giants t-shirt under your best hog-killing overalls?

    The scene at a sports bar could easily compel the average teenager to turn gay. It reminds me of the way Girl Scouts hawk their cookies without regard for the effect they have on diabetics. What diabetic would want to join the Girl Scouts after seeing such a cookie spectacle? Well, that's how I feel about sports bars.

    It's not that I'm judgmental. If they are your thing, fine. But I can assure you that straight people will never gain full acceptance until they are more considerate of our nation's conventions. And that goes double for the Girl Scouts!
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    Jun 16, 2007 1:44 PM GMT
    i hate sports bars. just the drunkeness and idiocy that goes with it. people care so much about WATCHING sports here it's embarrassing. instead of getting out there and doing something active they get drunk, pig out and get emotional about others playing a game. it's like men feel macho and tough by merely watching and acting rabid about sports. i think it's the only way straight dudes can connect with each other.

    and jolly good for england for the smoking ban. smokers are gross. they stink. i had the chance at the hottest euro dude but he was a smoker and couldn't even kiss him he reeked so bad.
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    Jun 16, 2007 2:07 PM GMT
    hahahahahaha, that was genius, obscenewish!
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jun 16, 2007 2:49 PM GMT
    Don't go then! Bars in NJ r all non smoking!!
  • GQjock

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    Jun 16, 2007 3:11 PM GMT
    I don't think it's sports bars that are bad...it's bars in general....having a place to meet men is great but the bar scene sucks
    they're smoky....loud, you can't hear someone talking to you
    loud drunk guys grabbing you
    I never have any fun in these places
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    Jun 16, 2007 3:33 PM GMT
    Everyone is so critical...why are we harping on straight guys? if you think that sports bars are bad, what about the sex clubs and bath houses we have in our own community? Talk about being destructive!!!

    Sports bars are a good thing. Guys like them because they remind them of the times that they were playing the game, going out afterward and being around a bunch of dudes, drinking a laughing. There's nothing wrong with a little commoradory and nostalgia. Lots of bars are alumni bars too-where you can go and be around people that went to the same college as you, saw the same people play, and stood in the stands of the same arena that you did... That makes people feel like they are a part of something...

    When I go out to a gay club, I see guys just as drunk. I see guys snorting coke in the open with no shame...Talk about a bad wrap. Why point the finger if you are unwilling to see the crap we have in our community too?