I don't watch nearly as much as I used to. The only sports likely to capture my attention as I'm channel surfing anymore are baseball, college basketball, and women's soccer. And really, I'll only usually stay with baseball if it's the Dodgers, and basketball if it's the Hall. The big exception to all this is the Olympics, because I turn into a total Olympics junkie when they're on. Except for the judged sports, like skating and gymnastics. Hates them, don'ts we, my preciousss.
2. What/who are your favorite sports teams and/or favorite athletes?
The Dodgers, first and foremost, followed by Seton Hall (baseball and basketball). To a much lesser extent, I'll root for the Yankees and Mets, and URI's basketball team. I really have no current favorite athletes. Well, maybe Mia Hamm. My all time favorite is Sandy Koufax. Other guys I loved to watch play were Willie Mays, Ozzie Smith, and Don Mattingly, Joe Namath and Joe Montana, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, Wayne Gretzky, Jack Nicklaus, and Pele. I'd also really like to have a beer with Jim Bouton some time.
3. Are there any sports you hate?
Made up for TV sports, i.e., the X-game stuff and Slam Ball. Really dislike skating intensely, especially ice dancing, and resent that Olympic coverage is dominated by it.
4. Have you ever been to a sports event?
Plenty. Lots of baseball (all levels) and college basketball games, some NHL and AHL hockey games (way better live than on TV), international soccer matches (USA beating England 2-0 in Foxboro, woo!), an international gymnastics meet, and a pro football game (football is way better on TV).
5. Do/did you play any sports (in school or other)? How long did you play?
I played little league baseball as a kid, then played softball for 25 years or so, and have been playing volleyball for about 13 years now. I coached (and practiced with) a women's soccer team for 13 years, ran the grad student intramurals program at URI for a few years, and played and refereed intramural basketball for 15 years or so. I also ride my bike.