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Re: Fic Discussion - Deja vu

From: (Anonymous)
Da

The object is to get the ball over the white goal line on the end of the field. Things can be simplified to that, even.

Re: Fic Discussion - Deja vu

From: (Anonymous)
I would say that (at least to me) it is complicated than other popular sports. Like, I have been exposed to more football than pretty much any other sport aside from hockey, and my understanding of it is still fuzzier than my understanding of basketball or golf or baseball or soccer/football.

Re: Fic Discussion - Deja vu

From: (Anonymous)
Get ball to end zone. The rest is commentary. This thread is the kind of learned helplessness that I got into sports fandom to avoid.

Re: Fic Discussion - Deja vu

From: (Anonymous)
Yeah, I now know a LOT about him, and the whole background is kind of sad (ntm his current situation).

Re: Fic Discussion - Deja vu

From: (Anonymous)
sa

I will also freely admit that some of my ignorance is willful because of my aggressive not-giving-a-shit that sprung from growing up around people who fixated on it to an alarming degree. But the fact remains that if it were a simpler sport I would probably be able to explain it better just by osmosis, the way I can with the other sports mentioned above.

Re: Fic Discussion - Deja vu

From: (Anonymous)
Not sure what part of "I watch these two sports but one was easier for me to understand before I had actually learned the rules" is learned helplessness, but ok.

Re: Fandom Venting

From: (Anonymous)
ayrt

Oh, my. Small world. Also all the high-fives.

I would be into hockey hypnosis to solve an on-ice problem that slowly gets out of control. Boy would I ever.

Re: Game Day Thread - May 1, 2016

From: (Anonymous)
Your pregame cat update

https://twitter.com/AdamVingan/status/726859885468471297

The Sharks have named the black cat that scurried across the ice "Joe PAW-velski." Working with local shelter to find it home.

Re: Game Day Thread - May 1, 2016

From: (Anonymous)
Exactly the info I care about. <3

Re: Game Day Thread - May 1, 2016

From: (Anonymous)
IDK, but I feel the same way. If they're trailing one or two goals I don't get so worried until the last few minutes in the game, but as soon as they get the lead, I'm just sure it's all gonna go to hell, especially if it's early in the game.

Re: Game Day Thread - May 1, 2016

From: (Anonymous)
Thank you for this very important update. I approve of that name. <3 (Also would have accepted Tomas Purrtl or Brent Furns.)

Re: Game Day Thread - May 1, 2016

From: (Anonymous)
Patrick Mew-leau

Re: Fic Discussion - Deja vu

From: (Anonymous)
NA

Football is just getting the ball over a line (a long, long goal) by throwing and running (and the occasional kick) while the other team tries to get the ball back by hitting people to keep them from running or throwing. Like, I hate football, I'm not going to argue that it's enjoyable or how much energy is needed to find it enjoyable/understandable, but I don't think the basics are much harder to pick up for either sport. How much patience you have for the execution of plays, that's another matter.

Re: Fic Discussion - Deja vu

From: (Anonymous)
Na

The trend of "I don't know anything about scoring?" that can be rectified by watching when the score changes on the board is really indicative of a general learned helplessness. Sure, it may not catch every single way a point can be scored right away, but you'll catch that a touchdown and field goal earns points.

Being confused about how many points it earns is another thing.

Re: Game Day Thread - May 1, 2016

From: (Anonymous)
Miaou-Édouard Vlasic

(I made a joke list of cat names yesterday on Tumblr and the one they went with is on my list, I feel so uncreative now)

Re: NHL Awards - Masterton nominees

From: (Anonymous)
Dedication and *perseverance* which makes particular sense in Jagr's case.

Re: Fic Discussion - Deja vu

From: (Anonymous)
I actually had the opposite experience! I played baseball and American football in high school (mandatory, PE) and I came away with a much greater understanding of football than baseball. Football, you have your peoples and one of you has to get the ball across the line. If you get tackled or drop the ball, you lose a chance. Lose all your chances and possession changes. If an opposing player gets the ball in his hands, possession changes.

Baseball is weirder. You need a conception of the strike zone and also when runners can and cannot advance without 'tagging up,' and also fouls, otherwise very common events don't make any sense. But I did kinda float through baseball by always sneaking to the end of the batting order whenever an inning changed, so.

Re: Fic Discussion - Deja vu

From: (Anonymous)
I like watching lots of sports and am the type to get over invested in random stuff I run across on TV (cricket all-stars is on sure I'll try it), but I just find American football kind of confusing despite that and repeat exposures.

Re: Game Day Thread - May 1, 2016

From: (Anonymous)
The Blues haven't been great at holding leads recently either so while I'm happy about all the goals - especially Bergy netting another one - I'm also not too confident this will last.

Re: Fic Discussion - Deja vu

From: (Anonymous)
da

I casually watched and PE-played baseball for years and it wasn't until I started seriously watching that I realized I was missing a ton of key nuances, like how sac flies work or starting pitchers v relief pitchers. It's very simple on the surface but takes a lot longer to master.

I gather it's the same in football, because I have a simple Sunday afternoon understanding of the game, but stopped watching because I was constantly getting confused. However, that's because there are NINE MILLION SECRET FOULS that get totally randomly and arbitrarily called, so basically no play ever feels safe because "holding" or whatever.

Re: Fic Discussion - Deja vu

From: (Anonymous)
I understand most of the rules of baseball, but none of its strategy, and I couldn't distinguish a curveball from a slider with a gun to my head. I've also spent a very small amount of time watching football to the point where I understand the general rules of gameplay and scoring (but again, none of the strategy).

I think we tend to overestimate how much the average sports fan actually understands about their sport, and I think it comes from a bit of imposter syndrome.

Re: Fandom Venting

From: (Anonymous)
Meme's use of "learned helplessness" is making me twitch in the same way as its use of "face blindness." Come on.

Re: Fic Discussion - Deja vu

From: (Anonymous)
Yep, agreed on that last sentence. I also have to say that the 'omg, it's all so complicated' hits a very gendered note for me, as a female sports fan, because I can tell a curveball from a slider, but get to experience dudes next to me trying to explain them (incorrectly, often) anyway. So like, American football, like all sports, is hard to understand if you don't watch it, but there's a certain amount of 'oh, gosh, it's just so complicated' that grinds my gears.

Re: Game Day Thread - May 1, 2016

From: (Anonymous)
Being up 3-1 just makes me nervous, honestly. But Bergy scoring makes me extremely happy and I have to hold back my urge to go "HA!" at all the haters.

Re: Fandom Venting

From: (Anonymous)
What about 'magical realism?'