Help Me Feel Like A Fan Again.
May 13, 2014 12:15 PM Subscribe
When I was in college, watching my college's basketball team play brought me joy and catharsis. I really identified with the players and felt like we were "all in this together." As an adult nearly 10 years out of college, that feeling eludes me. The players look like kids! When I travel to the games the alumni section is staid and boring! If you are a fan of your college's basketball team (or really, any college b-ball team), how do you maintain the interest, and feel passionate about the game, as an adult?
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I love the technical elements of basketball and enjoy seeing sheer athleticism on display. However, without the feeling of "this basketball team is representing ME!" or "if John doesn't sink this 3-pointer ALL IS LOST!" watching the games feels very clinical and removed. Because I don't identify with my alma mater as strongly as I did as a student, I don't see a game as "us vs. them" in the way that I did at 18-22.
Which is probably normal and healthy -- but I miss the enjoyment I got as a fan! Nowadays the only time I get some of that high is during the NCAA Tourney when I usually pick a few teams that I like (I get very pulled into human interest stories) and then root for them.
I live halfway across the country and don't hang out with any alums of my college (I'm pretty busy and already have established social groups). I'm not a sports bar person and neither is my (non-alum) partner. Why and how do you maintain ties to college sports as an adult?