the etiquettes of watching sports : being civilized when others are not
During the SAARC games, the football match between us and India was memorable. Not only was it a good game, but we also proved two points: a) Buddha was in fact born in Nepal, and b) we’re complete idiots. A lot has already been written on this so we’re not going to say what has already been said on this meme status of a topic. However we would like to touch upon something this event has highlighted: we have poor behavior when it comes to watching sports.
To be honest, we as Nepalese don’t do very well as spectators. We hope this list will play in effect for not just casual sports viewing, but for others as well (and prevent tragedies like that one in a certain club because a certain famous someone didn’t show up.)
DON’T CHEER ALONE
When you’re in a bar, a living room, or any other place where sports is on the screen with a group of people around it, you must go with the flow. A well timed chant may or may not turn the tide, but when everyone is chanting C-I-T-Y, you chant C-I-T-Y. If you’re not a supporter of the team, best to keep silent and begin only when someone on your side starts chanting U-N-I-T-E-D. Bottom line is, it’s awkward for both you and those around you when you’re the only one shouting with your fist pounding the table. Save your pride and go with the flow.
RESPECT THE OTHER FANS
Being a fan boy is okay. But you’re not the only one. There are people there who came to support their team, or just have a good time. So, amidst all the screaming, remember to not scream too loud and throw foul slurs in there. If you do, the other party might do so too, and with all the beer in the hot blood, fists are bound to be thrown. If they are the ones who are trash talking, be a gent and don’t react. It’s better to back out from a fight with that obnoxious guy rather than to spend the night with him in a dank jail cell.
If you’re friends with someone who is on the other side, don’t hesitate to forget mercy and ridicule the fool! You two can then go have another beer when the game is over and everything will be fine.
BEING A FAN BOY IS OKAY. BUT YOU’RE NOT THE ONLY ONE. THERE ARE PEOPLE THERE WHO CAME TO SUPPORT THEIR TEAM, OR JUST HAVE A GOOD TIME.
DON’T BE A COMMENTATOR
YYou wouldn’t talk during a movie, would you? Slap yourself if you do. You shouldn’t do so with sports as well. No one wants to know who passed the ball to whom, what angle they did so, or under what alignment of the stars they should shoot to score; they’re all watching the game with you.
DON’T BE A WHINER
No one likes a sore loser. Especially when the person has lost nothing. It’s easy to immerse yourself into the game, but you must know that you’re not playing. So, much like how whining achieves hardly anything IRL, you’re not going to do anything by crying in front of the screen. Save yourself the dignity, be a good sport, and feel better about yourself in the following morning.
The popcorn is supposed to be either in the bowl or in your mouth, anywhere else is unacceptable. If you want to keep being invited by the host, or have people keep accepting your invitation, you need to make sure that you play your part to make the place clean. Besides, you’ll feel better knowing that the clean-up crew is not cursing you.
To be honest, anything is fine, as long as you’re comfortable. But the things is, you will be tempted to wear the jersey of your team. And that’s where the issue comes. Just take a moment to contemplate this: do you play for that team? No, right? So why is your name on it? And you’re number is 69? Get real, man.
WORDS : NIRVEEK PPJ SHAH | PHOTOS: GAURAV XHOMPATE SUNUWAR