I think I've enjoyed most sports at one time or another. I tend to go through phases of following a certain team, player, athlete, boxer or racer, rather than watching the sport as a whole.
I'm also not ashamed to say my interest in women's sport tends to stem from a great affection for toned backsides, but perhaps I should be.
It's stretching it to say some of these were favourites, but they all held my interest for a period.
With US sports the only one I've never been interested in is Ice Hockey. The puck is too fast and small to follow, so it's like watching a football game played on snow with a white ball.
With the NFL I've followed the fortunes of the Rams since they started showing it on Channel 4 in the 80s. Later on they started showing full games -- which is the worst way to view American sports -- presented by the endearingly out of his element Mick Luckhurst.
At around the same time C4 also showed highlights of a couple of baseball World series. Though I never really picked a team to follow I did keep an eye on the fortunes of the Minnesota Twins following their win in 1987, the Blue Jay's a few years later, the White Sox, the Indians and the Mariners. Again all best watched as highlights.
The NBA I watched a lot on Screensport when I first got SKY. I worked nights in those days, so flicking through the old sattelite box in the wee small hours you'd either end up watching one of the sport channels or Lilo Wanders interviewing porn actors in German. The sport usually won. Anyway I liked the Lakers, but when I watched the Pistons and then the Bulls were the top teams.
With Rugby Union Initially I only watched the Internationals. I think Dusty Hare was still playing for England back then, so must've been early 80s.
Professionalism, playoffs and a European Cup has drawn me into to watching more club rugby too these days. Union also provided that epic win over the All Blacks in Wellington in 03, and of course the World Cup win in Australia in the same year.
Cricket, I genuinely loved watching and playing as a boy. Oddly enough some of the best stuff was when it rained, they'd stick Richie Benaud in front of a camera and let him talk. I could listen to that man talk about cricket all day long. To this day I can't understand why he was never knighted.
And of course in the 80s all the cricket was ad free and free to air.
The first boxing match I saw featured The Hackney Rock himself Dennis Andries. Which pretty much set the tone for what I like. You can keep your stylists and flash Harry's, I want blood and guts. Mind you the politics, corruption, and blind eyes turned to doping have dampened my interest these days.
My F1 watching was inspired by the combination of Ayrton Senna and that black and gold JPS Lotus livery.
I'd been watching the 86 World Cup and had been rather taken by the Brazilian team -- Socrates, Junior, Josimar, Zico, names that still conjure up a magical sense of nostalgia -- so I was all over another magic Brazilian watching the motor racing. I followed him from that point all the way to his death.
Rossi is another genius. I don't think any other racer, in cars or on bikes, has been as good to watch. At his best, when he switched from Honda to Yamaha, I don't think I've ever seen a better pure racer.
Maybe the likes of Marquez or Stoner were faster in clean air, but wheel to wheel he was stunning.
His battle with Stoner at Laguna Seca in 08 might just be the best motor race I've ever seen. Rossi riding the wheels off his Yamaha to keep pressure on the much faster Stoner was just jaw dropping.
Channel 4 also showed Sumo back in the day, which sure enough I watched. I can only remember one wrestler, Chiyonofuji, whose nickname was the Wolf, which is pretty cool. Looking him up on Wikipedia he died a couple of years ago, which makes me feel sadder than it should... the past is a foreign country and all that, I suppose.
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