josh995 saidWHY do people watch this?
Sports centre is a highlight reel of all the games in the past 24 hours. All it shows are the stand-out 5 seconds in a 3 hour baseball game, 90 minute soccer game, etc. It's better than watching all of the whole games and waiting for something big to happen - goal scoring opportunity that was denied by an amazing goalkeeper or a major save from the outfield off of the back wall.
josh995 said My boyfriend blasts this crap all day on TV and I wonder if he's that obsessed with sports why he can't just quickly read the scores or whatever online!!?
Reading the scores or the articles online doesn't really give you an idea of what really went on in the game. For example a hockey game that went 0-0, just looking at the score all you see was no shots were scored. This could mean two things, either both the goalkeepers had a field day and made a million saves OR the forwards were missing the net more than half the time.
The final score does not always reflect the amount and the type of competition that went on during the game.
Also these articles are mostly filled with the external circumstances of the game: what he coaching strategy was, what the general manager thinks of a certain player, how the players felt they performed, etc. The game itself can't be conveyed into words unless you're some gifted novelist - and in 1000 words or less people want to read gossip over facts.
josh995 said I just don't understand the point of it.
It gives me a massive headache just thinking about waking up tomorrow morning to the obnoxious sound of that program. Kill me.
To be totally honest, I fully understand how your bf feels about all this. I'm a very avid sports enthusiast and coach - I coach volleyball and soccer. I don't really watch sports centre because it doesn't give me an idea of the strategy the coaching staff employed in the game. I watch whole games instead.
For me, it's a weird mix of both work and fun. I am an assistant coach for a university team and my job is to scout opposition see what they do well, where they're weak, etc. So I watch tons of game tape and take notes on how the teams do their thing.
I also watch a lot international games because that keeps me up to date with how volleyball or soccer is played outside of Canada and see what I can apply on the teams that I currently coach.
On a relationship perspective, my bf doesn't mind me watching all this tape because he understands why I do it: to learn more about how the game is played, I do it for work or to get more ideas that I can use on the teams that I coach.
Bear in mind though, my bf never liked sports growing up (he still doesn't now, but he'd much rather go to the gym than play ball), he just wasn't good at it, so he never caught on.
How we've managed to make it work is we found compromises. There are tv shows that he LOVES to watch and I really don't get (Weeds or Breaking Bad for example), but I sit and watch it with him anyways. Or he asks me to read certain books (mostly literature) and I read them even though reading for me in general puts me to sleep.
I suggest talking to your bf about why he likes to watch sports centre, and come from a place of genuinely wanting to understand instead of judging. Give him the opportunity to voice his thoughts and his feelings (yes, feelings, boys have feelings too) about the topic without feeling judged.
Talk it up between you two and find compromises if needed.