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The pressure new sports fans put on themselves is immense. From thinking they need an answer to every question or believing they should know more facts or data, new and novice sports fans expect more of themselves than most fans do.
It comes down to confidence.
Here’s what I mean, if you’re a long-time Seahawks fan who’s been busy at work the last couple days and haven’t had time to read about the latest roster move or read comments from Pete Carroll you don’t stop yourself from joining a football conversation and you don’t think you’re less of a fan. You think, and know, you’re a busy fan with more than your hobby vying for your attention.
New and novice fans, often lack the confidence to enter the conversation with that recognition and mindset. They more harshly judge their lack of knowledge or time spent on sports than anyone. And they don’t realize that all they need to do is define their area of expertise.
Sports headlines are great for building your sports knowledge base and starting conversation, but what happens when you get asked to dive deeper or get asked to weigh in on a topic, game or player you’re not familiar with? Then what do you do?
I get this question all the time. I know it causes a lot of anxiety, but there is a pretty simple way to solve this problem.
First, don’t panic. Resist the urge to just walk away from the conversation.
Second, recognize it’s not your job to have answers to every sports question. (Sports is my job, but it’s your hobby.)
Third, redirect a conversation that starts with “Did you see…” using the words, “No, but…”
“Did you see the game last night?” “No, but what happened?”
“Did you see what the Seahawks are doing?” “No, but do you have any insight?”
You don’t have to have the answers, you just need a way to keep the...
There are a lot of things you could talk about when you become a sports fan, and that’s part of the problem - there are too many things to talk about.
Here’s the best way to approach it: start small and start with the headlines.
Instead of watching all the football you can handle on a weekend and hoping to remember one or two things, pick one team to follow. You can narrow your focus even more and choose a favorite player on the team. When you see out information about your favorite player you’ll ended up learning about the team, league, opponents and trends along the way.
I know that still sounds like a lot and here’s where the headlines come in. Sports headlines are your secret weapon to building your sports knowledge base in a way that you can actually remember what you read and jump into sports conversations right way.
Now, when I say headlines, I literally mean just the headlines. I prefer the ones in an actual printed newspaper, but you can glance at...