Page 2 of Growing up in the sixties and seventies, most people agreed that baseball was our nation's national pastime. As a baseball guy, I still that. However, ... 27 comments | 462 Views | Go to page 1 →
View Poll Results: In the U.S. today, what sport do you think is the national pastime?
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Aug 7, 17, 09:21 PM #16
I think too that if I had kids I would have stayed closer to the game by sharing the experience.
I was just thinking the other day how when I was a kid it was a big deal to know all of the players' numbers that I still know..... Rose 14, Bench 5, Condepcion 13, Morgan 8, Perez 24, Foster 15, Geronimo 20, Griffey 30...and how now I haven't a clue, and can't find much reason to care.
I can see for kids how it means something and is fun, and to parents of those kids to have fun with all of that with them, but aside from a few major players, there are very few now that I much know about, much less their number.
With that said, if nothing is on TV I could easily turn on a baseball game and settle into watching and enjoying it.
About the only time I'll truly watch one in its entirety anymore though would be the playoffs, or the World Series, which is only limitedly interesting considering I don't know the players very well from not having paid much attention throughout the regular season, but still I can get wrapped up if I let myself.Advertisement
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Aug 8, 17, 07:26 AM #19Youth Sports Participation Statistics and Trends:
Interesting, these 2 articles point out there is not much growth in soccer participation over the past few years. I guess its time to sell stock in the trophy company I had invested in. Also shocked to see basketball had the most participation.
Aug 8, 17, 08:04 AM #20
The thread is asking what America's "past time" is, not what your favorite sport is. Now where it goes in the future is debatable. The problem I see with soccer is that the professional level is weak, by a wide margin, up against our contemporaries. Until the nation's top athletes start playing it, then it will never become popular to the point of football.
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Aug 8, 17, 12:16 PM #21With the state of professional sports in Cincinnati, it looks like Soccer is slowly becoming the pastime for this city's sports fans.
Aug 8, 17, 12:24 PM #22I'm not even sure what "National Pastime" means.
Aug 8, 17, 12:41 PM #23It's not my favorite, but football is the answer IMO.
Of course, foosball is the devil.
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Aug 8, 17, 07:54 PM #27
While I agree soccer will continue to grow in the US it will be quite awhile until it passes Football, Baseball and Basketball mainly because of the weak professional league and the lack of interest in college and high school soccer when compared to football and basketball. Especially March Madness and the Football Playoffs.
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Basketball is probably the largest growth sport worldwide now since the NBA has become so much more global. I really see that as the sport that becomes the successor to Football in the US and rivaling Soccer world-wide in the next 20 years.
Aug 14, 17, 11:40 PM #28By the definition posted in the original post, it has to be football. Football dominates in this country. Two out of the three most popular sports are football.
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While we can debate all day long about the growth of one sport of the decline of another, football is king right now and I'm pretty sure that was the point of the question.