I’ve never lived in a city with major sports teams before, where I must hear people obsess ad infinitum about the Ravens, the Orioles, and their rivals. Where I’m from, the local minor league baseball and hockey teams just did not garner as much buzz. I do talk about tennis with those in the know, but we don’t get into in-depth arguments about things like the virtue of Federer’s backhand versus the leftie Nadal’s forehand. And I’m out of touch with the skateboarding scene, but I never recall my friends arguing about whether Tony Hawk was overrated as the best in the sport.
I’m thinking of moving to a place like Alaska, but I’m sure that even there they quibble about the Iditarod. (And gossip about who froze to death last week.)