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Old 06-11-04, 10:44 PM
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Can you really a convince a person to be a fan of a sport they don't like?

I don't think its possible. You could sit me front row at 20 different Lightning games and I will not be a fan of hockey. (Not to knock on the World Champs, they're the home team) Have you ever converted someone? I think its just something you have to learn to love and appreciate yourself. I love basketball and I know a lot of people don't but I figure its pointless to try to convince them because you either like it or you don't.
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Old 06-11-04, 11:26 PM
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i'll even watch the WNBA if a hot chick wants me to
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Old 06-12-04, 12:04 AM
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Define "don't like" and we'll see. For example if it means no past history with a sport or a lack of understanding or perhaps the wrong introduction than that means one thing. If they have reasons for disliking it than it can be hard to overcome.

Some sports I follow my woman now has an appreciation for if not a fan's approach. Considering there was little interest beforehand she is much improved. Hockey especially.
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Old 06-12-04, 11:31 AM
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I agree with Preacher. If someone understands the rules and everything and doesn't like the sport, then no you can't change their mind.

If they don't, then there's a chance they might appreciate it when they better understand it.

I'm with you on hockey though, I understand it, had several friends try to get me into it, but I never found it anything but boring, so I stopped watching. I'm not much for "acquired tastes." There's tons of things to see and do in the world, no need to waste my time trying to like things that don't appeal to me.
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Old 06-13-04, 11:39 AM
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Originally posted by El Scorcho
i'll even watch the NBA if a hot chick wants me to

Fixed.
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Old 06-13-04, 11:46 AM
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i'll even watch the WNBA if a hot chick wants me to


You'd wear a lakers jersey and put a flag on your car if it would get you laid.
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Old 06-13-04, 01:25 PM
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My fiance used to hate sports. But I've turned her into an NBA fan (even though she likes the Kings...ugh), and she loves watching highlights on NFL Primetime, even though she finds the games boring.
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depends on if the person has ever given it a chance, and you might be able to open their eyes to it

or if they have checked it out, and really just dont like it
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Really depends on how open you are. My dad never saw a football game until he was in his mid-20s. He became a fan for a number of years.

It's an acquired taste I think.
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Old 06-13-04, 06:10 PM
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I'm hoping that you CAN turn someone into a fan, because i'm tired of my wife not understanding why i have to watch football every sunday. She said this year she'd sit down with me and if I can explain it to her, she might get interested in it, so wish me luck.

Btw, if you say you don't like hockey, but you've never seen it live, give it a chance (live obviously). It just doesn't translate to TV. Live hockey is the best. I'm a diehard NHL fan (Wild of course), but even i get bored sometimes watching a game on TV (non-Wild games of course).
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Old 06-13-04, 06:11 PM
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As a Pirate fan I'm still trying to like baseball, but it's hard...
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Old 06-13-04, 06:17 PM
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Originally posted by Y2K Falcon


You'd wear a lakers jersey and put a flag on your car if it would get you laid.
You bet your ass I would!

What can I say, I'm a whore
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Old 06-15-04, 12:26 PM
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I use to hate football for 20 years,probally because my patriots were not that good,had no interest,then bill parcells came along in the the 90`s ,now its like I am there every sunday,so you can be converted.
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A fantasy league can go a long way to make me like a sport that is stupid.

Curently I have a fantasy league set up for curling if anyone is interested.
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A fantasy league can go a long way to make me like a sport that is stupid.

Curently I have a fantasy league set up for curling if anyone is interested.

SWEEP DAMN YOU!
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I'm hoping that you CAN turn someone into a fan, because i'm tired of my wife not understanding why i have to watch football every sunday. She said this year she'd sit down with me and if I can explain it to her, she might get interested in it, so wish me luck.
Good luck, I have been trying to convert my wife for years now. Its college football for me and she just hates it. There is a glimmer of hope because I got her into baseball, and she is becomming a bigger 'Sox fan than me, she even cursed at the ump on a bad call the other night...I had to shed a tear on that one.
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I'd perform a hari kari before becoming a Red Sox fan.
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