I'd like to aquire a working knowledge of sports teams/sports players, but I don't know where to start.
February 8, 2012 2:11 AM Subscribe
I'd like to acquire a working knowledge of sports teams/sports players, but I don't know where to start.
posted by Ephilation to sports, hobbies, & recreation (22 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I know basically nothing about the major American football/baseball/basketball teams or their respective players. I've got the names of a few teams in the NFL
(Redskins, Cowboys, Ravens, 49ers ... that's about it) and even fewer teams in the NBA and MLB. And wasn't the Super Bowl on Sunday? No idea who played in that.
To be honest, I don't really care about major sports teams or their players. I'd much rather be athletic than watch other people be athletic, but this stuff comes up enough in common conversation that I feel like a basic knowledge of the teams and major players would be beneficial.
Example: I'm a med student, and was scrubbed in on an orthopedic surgery case. The attending surgeon starts making small talk with me, and asks me about any sports teams that I follow. I had to tell him that I didn't really follow any sports teams, which was unfortunate because it would have given me a chance to make a good impression and I lost that chance. (Not to mention that immediately afterwards, he asked me, "Well are you a team player?", which really says more about him than it does about me, but it still didn't feel great being questioned on that.)
But I don't know where to start. The discussions on ESPN seem to be at a higher level than I understand - for example, the commentators assume that their audience has certain basic understandings of sports concepts that I don't know (i.e., what the hell is an RBI), and a certain familiarity with certain teams and players that I don't have. I feel like I'm looking at jibberish. I feel like I need an "NFL for Dummies" book.
So Hivemind, if you were me, where would you start?