Why Hacked Off hates sport
Date: 14 June 2012 10:31
Just because I am a bloke, it doesn’t mean I give a monkey's about football. Yet I feel I’d better try and catch the score of the latest Euro 2012 match or I will be a social pariah at work. And when, eventually, everyone stops talking about football, they will all start droning on about Wimbledon. Am I the only man in PR who doesn’t subscribe to SkySports? I shouldn’t be sexist about this, as the women in my office can be just as tedious about the latest game.
It’s not just the dull conversations I hate about sport, here are other reasons I can’t stand it:
1. Clients demanding sports tickets. Why can’t we bond over lunch? Why do I have to sit through endless tournaments and race events in the drizzle?
2. Pubs showing all the games. No chance of enjoying a quiet pint with the TV blaring out and everyone cheering (or crying).
3. Sponsorship demands. When they aren’t watching sport, some try and join in, by cycling, walking and running half way around the world. And then expecting me to help pay for their trip.
4. Games in the park. No, I don’t want to play rounders after work, thank you. I have a life.
5. People fighting. At the moment, most in our office are united behind England, but when other tournaments are on (and please don’t ask me what they’re called), certain team supporters can get rather aggressive towards other team supporters.
6. Heavy drinking. Why is watching sport a reason for getting pissed? Surely supporters should try and emulate their heroes by leading a healthy lifestyle, rather than destroying themselves through binge drinking?