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Does anyone else feel like I do?

emoji_events [58]
Jul 28, 2021, 9:10 PM
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This post is not meant to be negative towards others or political. This is just my feelings as of late. I love sports, sports of all types. Lately, maybe the past 24 months, I find myself losing interest in the sports I love. I love Football but really enjoyed watching all sports but in the last couple of years I don't find myself getting excited for football season like I used to. I don't find myself taking off work for opening day of baseball or even going to that many games. I am sure Covid, political agendas, etc; have played a part in my feelings but that is not the main reasons I have lost interest. I used to watch ESPN or other sports channels regularly. Id watch tennis, golf, racing, anything involving sports.

It is tough for me because this time of the year August-December was my favorite time of the year for sports. College Football, NFL, start of basketball and hockey, etc. However, now I find myself not even caring. Don't get me wrong, I will be watching my Tigers play this fall but the level of excitement is no longer there and it saddens me. I wish I could get back to loving sports like I did 5 years ago. Now I find it a struggle just to go to a game in person. What has changed? The Sports? The athletes? The political landscape? Maybe its all of those. Or, maybe it is just me.

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emoji_events [13]
Jul 28, 2021, 9:11 PM
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Yes. You are not alone. Sadly it doesn’t look like it is going to get better any time soon.

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I feel the same way and while

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Jul 29, 2021, 4:53 AM
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there are many contributing factors, I believe over saturation is the greatest. I remember there being at most 2-3 TV games on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. I remember waiting for Street & Smith to publish and waiting for the Sunday paper to find out about the game on Saturday. Now I can watch EVERY Clemson game on TV (I love that!) and I can find more information on last Tuesday's practice on the internet than I could find on the 197? Clemson game in the paper. Go Tigers!

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Jul 29, 2021, 5:24 AM
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there are many contributing factors, I believe over saturation is the greatest. I remember there being at most 2-3 TV games on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. I remember waiting for Street & Smith to publish and waiting for the Sunday paper to find out about the game on Saturday. Now I can watch EVERY Clemson game on TV (I love that!) and I can find more information on last Tuesday's practice on the internet than I could find on the 197? Clemson game in the paper. Go Tigers!


This is a great point and might be a very big part in how I feel and why.

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Jul 28, 2021, 9:16 PM
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Maybe you’re just getting older and discovering how unimportant sports actually are in the grand scheme of things.

I know that’s what has happened to me.

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Jul 29, 2021, 7:48 AM
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I’m in this boat.

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Same. And I find it increasingly bizarre

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Jul 29, 2021, 8:03 AM
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that for some adults their sports “fandom” is part of their identity. Very, very weird.

It’s also sad to see grown men who harbor anger or sadness over games that their team lost.

There’s a great line in a novel I read years ago:
“Anyone over the age of seventeen who is still emotionally affected by the outcome of a sporting event more than fifteen minutes after it’s over has a clear case of arrested development.”

It’s all just entertainment. That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less. It can be great fun, and should be, but holy crap some people need to broaden their horizons.

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emoji_events [10]
Jul 28, 2021, 9:29 PM
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About this time of year every year when FB season was about to start, I use to get antsy, and I felt like I just couldn't wait to hear whatever that was coming out of fall champ. But now for me the last couple of years, I don't get as excited as I use to. But I am looking forward to another season of Tiger FB....

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emoji_events [8]
Jul 28, 2021, 9:31 PM
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Well, this happens to everybody as we get older. My love has not changed, but the "life or death" part has-to the better I think. Just enjoy the ride and enjoy the more relaxed evenings after a loss!

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Jul 28, 2021, 9:33 PM
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Yep. Used to be giddy as a school girl this time of year in anticipation. And now I doubt I’d get too worked up if they announced football was canceled. Sports used to be enjoyable whether playing or watching because it was about the most simple uncomplicated thing out there. People fought like #### to win and that was it.

I never was a big watcher of the NFL before they got political and anti-American etc. and got my football fix from College. Now that you almost can’t tell the 2 apart, pretty much would rather play golf and hang out around the house or beach in October. And yes, you can have my tickets for whoever will ask.

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Jul 28, 2021, 9:35 PM
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Maybe seeing Clemson win the NC in 2016 changed things for you? If you were a long-time fan, the 2016 NC game was like the end of a long story with an ending like something from a sports movie.

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Jul 28, 2021, 9:37 PM
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owensdj said:

Maybe seeing Clemson win the NC in 2016 changed things for you? If you were a long-time fan, the 2016 NC game was like the end of a long story with an ending like something from a sports movie.


This actually crossed my mind.

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Jul 28, 2021, 9:58 PM
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Nope, we were in Miami in 1981 and saw the best Clemson ever win a National Championship so it had already happened.

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Jul 28, 2021, 11:59 PM
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Thanks Captain Obvious

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Jul 28, 2021, 9:43 PM
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nope, not this Tiger fan. You sound like you might be depressed, only thing I can think is wrong here..

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Jul 28, 2021, 9:47 PM
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Honestly, sports did make me happy and I am depressed. I want to love it again and it is very hard.

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Jul 28, 2021, 9:50 PM
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I found I lost interest in the things that used to make me happy when this happened, fishing, sports, etc... Try switching up your routine and doing things you have ever tried. Treat yourself to a nice dinner out, if you can. you might just be in a bit of a rut, I am not an expert here.

Not being excited about Clemson football is a problem though. :(

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And a lot of people got more depressed in 2020

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Jul 28, 2021, 10:09 PM
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No shame in it. It can happen to anyone

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Jul 29, 2021, 12:22 AM
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Wow, we agree. Good insight TB

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We've been winning sooo much...

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Jul 28, 2021, 9:51 PM
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... you mighta just got tired from all the winning.

;) j/k

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Jul 28, 2021, 9:56 PM
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I totally agree about in person. We opted out of Clemson football last fall and honestly enjoyed being home and watching the games. After 46 years of having season's tickets, we made the decision to drop our tickets. If we have a 3:30 game, I can play golf before the game, we can now decide what we want to do with 10 hours on game Saturdays and we can save a lot of work and money by not going to games. I will miss some games but not a 95 degree September games, a 35 degree game in November or rainy games.

For me, the huge salaries connected to sport on all levels have ruined the games. Is a player or coach on any lever worth $10 million when we have homeless people in practically every town or city you go to? I love golf but is winning one week worth $2 million when thousands of children will go to be hungry tonight? You can say the same thing about entertainment stars, corporate leaders and on and on. I know many people do wonderful things with some of their earnings and many people benefit and I hope we will see more of that.

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Jul 28, 2021, 10:01 PM
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I now rarely watch TV, movies or sporting events these days. I used go do all three pretty frequently as recently as a couple years ago. The reality is that I'm tired of helping to line the pockets of people who proudly hate my guts. I watch Clemson FB and the occasional NFL game and that's about it.

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Jul 29, 2021, 1:27 AM
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I think y’all are just getting older

emoji_events [5]
Jul 28, 2021, 10:05 PM
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I’m not saying that to be mean or funny. That’s legit the reason I think.

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Jul 28, 2021, 10:07 PM
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An informed perspective yearns for bliss-

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Not me, I still get excited about football and the family reunions it provides.

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Jul 28, 2021, 10:15 PM
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Today was a great day; I found out I had my same tickets and parking spot as 2020 and my brother was beside me. And made a 6 ft par putt 30 seconds later!

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I still enjoy Clemson football, and for football that's it

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Jul 28, 2021, 10:16 PM
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these days. NFL: no. Other college football is also a no. Do enjoy major European soccer leagues. Enjoy national team soccer (mens - women have gotten too something....). Like the olympics and some formula 1 racing. Definitely not sports-channel-nuts any more!

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So you like that socialism sport from those snobby...

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Jul 29, 2021, 1:31 AM
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socialist European countries? ??

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Jul 29, 2021, 5:14 AM
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For a few years now I've been casually aware of the Force Feeding of Soccer onto/into the population and sadly with a fair amount of success. I'd still rather watch paint dry.

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Jul 29, 2021, 5:14 AM
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For a few years now I've been casually aware of the Force Feeding of Soccer onto/into the population and sadly with a fair amount of success. I'd still rather watch paint dry.

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Jul 29, 2021, 6:29 AM
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Force feeding which in capitalism is known as marketing

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Jul 28, 2021, 10:17 PM
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I find your post quite interesting because I feel the exact same way and have wondered why I’ve lost interest in sports. I think the political wokeness of many of today’s athletes is a part of it, but it might also just be my age, I’m 62 and maybe that’s what happens when you get older, I don’t know.
I won’t miss a Clemson game, but I won’t watch six games a week like I used to, nor do I even bother with College Game day anymore.

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Jul 28, 2021, 10:20 PM
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Other than Clemson football and Clemson basketball, I have no interest in watching an entire sporting event. The (declining) enjoyment I get from other sports isn’t worth the time involvement.

I watch all of our games on TV. Going to games is fun, but I’d rather spend the time and money on other things like family and other interests.

Many times I DVR our games, avoid the score, and watch later so it’s on my terms. It’s a great way to not feel like my day (and life) are scheduled around sports.

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Jul 28, 2021, 10:38 PM
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You don't attend basketball games in person? So when you complain about a lack of fan support for basketball that doesn't include attending games? Sincerely interested in how those reconcile.

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Jul 29, 2021, 1:34 AM
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Jul 29, 2021, 3:15 PM
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Sorry I wasn't clear.

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Jul 28, 2021, 10:22 PM
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I’m 57, loved the Cowboys and pro ball as a youngster. Lost that interest over the years but I’ve been going to Tiger Town since early ‘70’s

I live on Black River and can find things to do in the fall but as much as I fret, I will never give up on my Clemson Tiger football!

My dad passed 2 years ago and as long as I’m alive I will continue to live his dream and that is Clemson Football!

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Jul 28, 2021, 10:41 PM
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Feel exactly the same.

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Jul 28, 2021, 10:45 PM
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I understand where you’re coming from. I’ve been a season ticket holder for football and basketball many years. I’ve enjoyed being with my family, extended family and friends at the games.

I also greatly enjoy being in the outdoors hunting, fishing and hiking. As I’ve tacked on the years, this means even more than CU sports.

Hey, you only get so many trips around the sun. There’s a lot to see and do in this world besides watching people play with a ball.

Don’t second guess your feelings. It’s ok to find other things that you enjoy. COVID accentuated how much I love the outdoors as that remained wide open in SC. I like being a participant rather than a spectator although I’ll still make some games for sure.

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Jul 28, 2021, 10:50 PM
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Maybe it's me but I find myself after retirement enjoying sports even more. Mostly Clemson sports but any college sport. Love golf and baseball but not a fan of pro sports unless there's a vested interest. That vested interest is Clemson... Which now more than ever before NFL is loaded with Clemson talent.

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Jul 28, 2021, 11:16 PM
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24/7.


everything else - meh. i feel you on that.



go tigers sports teams

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It’s just you. How can you not be excited about...

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Jul 29, 2021, 1:21 AM
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the season, when we are national title contender for the past 6 years?. We have our greatest head coach ever. We have become a national powerhouse over the past ten years. Little ole Clemson now can recruit nationwide with the best of them. Not too mention the rally cats. Leave your “political agenda” on whatever worthless cable network you watch all day.

Get excited this is Clemson.

Remember soft hands don’t win championships, just like soft minds don’t make for loyal fans

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I am with you

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Jul 29, 2021, 1:59 AM
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I honestly think I have lost interest in a lot of periphery things that used to be less on the periphery. It seems like about everything has becomes hyper politicized. I still follow Clemson football as probably my primary escape beyond faith, family, and vocation. But, I genuinely believe that is because I am proud of the way our football staff conducts themselves. They genuinely try to build men who are champions on the field and not the other way around. I don't think I would be as passionate about Clemson football without Dabo there at the helm. I guess it helps that we are in the middle of the most successful era in our program's history. But other than that, I try to keep my head down. I have not been into the Olympics at all. I have not been into pro sports or even the sensationalism of college sports much beyond reading headlines. Thankfully I have plenty of athletic outlets to give myself to that are at least a little more pure while my kids are young and competing in something about every week. Looking forward to Clemson Football this season. It is always fun to see off-season development of current players as well as the new talent we have been reading about on the recruiting trail.

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I’ve lost interest

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Jul 29, 2021, 6:00 AM
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I’m on a football board so I guess I haven’t lost all interest but my passion for sports is gone. I played a college sport and coached for a time but now I really could take it or leave it. Recently I was in the car for 4 hours with my son in law. I’m a UNC grad and he’s a dook fan. We are normally at each other’s throats in good fun. After the trip I realized we never once mentioned sports. He’s as disgusted as I am with the sports world. Maybe it’s a good thing , I don’t know.

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Jul 29, 2021, 6:34 AM
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Thanks for the post. I will admit I am not as excited as before. Not sure exactly why but think some of it could be that we are all spoiled by success and take it for granted. I actually think a lot of it has to do with Covid. I went to the games last year but of course it was not the same. I have my tickets to the opener. If UGA game doesn’t cure me it may be terminal??

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Jul 29, 2021, 7:06 AM
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You are not alone.

The combination of Covid, riots, “woke snowflakes”, politics, excessive pay, ESPN political channel, being told by athletes that since I am white - I am bad and entitled, spoiled athletes at all levels of sport - has taken away my fanaticism for sports. Doi still like sports ? Yes, but definitely not the level I once did. I even played a sport at Clemson. I

NFL - I barely care - even living in Tampa and winning the Super Bowl. Them insulting the national anthem and then abusing people like Drew Brees for standing - killed it for me.
NBA - went from moderate interest to none at all. I loved the days of Michael, Larry, Magic, etc. no more.
MLB - I used to be big fan - not anymore. Could hardly tell you any players. Was a huge Braves fan for decades, peaking with Maddox, Glavine, Smoltz.
NHL - living to Tampa area - and growing up in the south has been interesting. I enjoy these games and appreciate not making politics the center of the game. They seem to still enjoy playing the game.
Golf - this I do watch and will as long as they stay out of politics.

College sports -
Football - not many of you are bigger Clemson football fans than I am. Started going to games in 1970, went to school there from 77-81, and have gone to games every season to include most bowls and playoff games, national championships. But the woke, ESPN, pay for play, conference grab, is in my mind - turning the sport form fun to semi pro. I would prefer changing to the Ivy League model and doing away with athletic scholarships and go back to a Student Athlete model. The NIL is going to kill it for me. Players getting hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships- claiming they get nothing - and then this that will simply legalize bribes by huge schools to illegally recruit players.
Basketball - I miss Clemson Basketball being played well. I miss the exciting game. The past 10 years - between not really being competitive and a few tigernet apologists who don’t believe others should have an opinion - the drop in ACC power - and I no longer crave watching.

Will it come back? I doubt it. At least not to the same level. (For me anyway).

Fishing, Golf, reading, working a little. Taking care of my 3 dogs. Spending time with my family. I don’t need the rest. Will I miss it ? Especially Clemson football? Yep, but not as much as I thought I would.

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Jul 29, 2021, 7:08 AM
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I will gladly debate this point from that of an old(71 in Sept) who first saw pro football on T.V. in 1958.
I am first and foremost a Dallas Cowboy fan. Have been since day 1(1960) but even now when the Cowboys are eliminated from the playoffs I no longer watch.
I grew up an Atlanta Braves fan. Went to opening day at the old Fulton Country Stadium. Saw Henry Aaron countless times but they never let him on the field for fan day.After the strike in 1994( or was it 1996) I have not watched a game since.
I liked the NBA in the 60'sMy team was the Knicks. Loved Walt("Clyde the Glide) Frazier .Actually sold him a box of all cotton French Cuff dress shirts while working one summer in the clothing store where my grandfather used to work. Followed the league through the 80's(loved the Lakers) but now would not give you a plug nickel for the CBA( The Chinese Basketball Association for those that want to inject politics).
Never cared for hockey.
Loved NASCAR when they allowed Rebel Flags and real racing ,not stages. Still love to watch Indy.
Finally golf then college. I grew up watching Arnie, and Jack( THE GOA,not Tiger) and still follow the Tour. Speaking of golf ,it is about the only sport in the Summer games I will watch. The Olympics have purely gone political, IMO.
So now to college. I like college hoops and baseball but love football. And I didn't start out as a Tiger fan. I was born in Atlanta, and my Dad was a UGA grad so we pulled for the Dawgs.Not any more.
In 1996 I married a Clemson girl with a family tree of Clemson grads( really) and I was converted then and there. At 70 I no longer attend the games, but my wife hates Saturdays and the T.V.
Tell me I am not the only one who screams when The Tigers seem on the verge of blowing the game, only to pull it out in the end.
I love Dabo( have his autograph, along with C.J Spiller)
and of course my collection of Coca-Cola cans and bottles following the 2016-2018 Championships.
So there is my take, as honest as I can be about it.

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Jul 29, 2021, 7:12 AM
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Jul 29, 2021, 7:14 AM
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Right there with you. I played high school and college sports. Loved the game - thought it was the best. Enjoyed teammates and adventure of competition. Now? Too much “ME” in it all. The money, the elevation of sport stars to god - too much.

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Jul 29, 2021, 7:21 AM
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So I'm 35 and my coworker, a Georgia fan, is 52. We both absolutely loved college football for years. Went to games, kept up with recruiting, read about all the camp stuff, went to spring games. We've been saying the same thing. There's something different now. It's not that we are getting older, because he's 52 and I'm 35. It's not oversaturation, because I never watched it for that long when the newspaper and only 2-3 games were on. I think for me honestly it started with Kapaernik. I'm not trying to start WW3 here, but the introduction of political agendas into football tainted it for me. Him too. It got into college also, then pay for players, etc. It became politicized and an avenue for people to push their stupid "fair share" ideas and all of that crap. Personally, I just don't look at it the same. It made me realize how much I overvalued it, when more important principles divided me from it. I still watch now that the wave has blown over, but it definitely isn't the same. We don't need to get into a BLM argument here, because we all feel how we feel, I'm just offering my perspective on why it changed for me.

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Jul 29, 2021, 7:23 AM
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Oh, and DEFINITELY the targeting stuff contributed. That and all this conference realignment stuff. It's changing so fast its like I'm watching something I don't recognize. As someone who played college football also, the targeting stuff is garbage. It's completely unrealistic expectations on tackling.

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The political angle invading EVERY sport has done it for me

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Jul 29, 2021, 7:39 AM
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I have no problem with athletes using their platform for activism or politics on their own time. But I want to leave the politics on the trash heap of cable news where it belongs. I watch sports to watch sports. I don't want to see my country trashed and insulted or to be preached at about how I am a terrible, privileged racist.

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Jul 29, 2021, 7:43 AM
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I knew that you would eventually be "Tigerbalm-ed" for expressing such feelings. Having said that, I'm with you; however, I didn't even watch a minute of Clemson football last year, as it was too "woke" for me.

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Jul 29, 2021, 8:27 AM
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The more college football becomes like the NFL the less I enjoy the Sport. Before fantasy football got big, sports were about the team and not the individual. Now it's all about the player.

In a rare occasion, I've had Sports Center on in the background and I have heard so much about Aaron Rogers I could throw up.

Thanks to NIL, everything will be centered around the individual player and the league rather than the school or program.

I loved the pageantry of college football. Heck, I used to like watching the bands play on TV at halftime and that hasn't happened for a long time because you have to squeeze every commercial.

It was mentioned oversaturation and I agree. Also the sports commentators have turned into to political commentators that I have no use for. Athletes are now using the game as a platform for their activist agenda.

There was a time when Saturday College Football was nearly a spiritual day for me. I wanted to watch as many games as I could stay awake for. Now it's becoming background noise.

I guess all good things must come to an end.

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Jul 29, 2021, 9:02 AM
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Priorities change. Life events with family become more focal.


I would rather just take my 4 year old grandson out fishing then sit and stare at a TV with the mute button on.

Clemson games we go to. Or watch. The rest, not so much.


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Jul 29, 2021, 9:08 AM
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Fired up for all sports Clemson (football, soccer, basketball) and NFL.

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Jul 29, 2021, 9:09 AM
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Sports used to be an escape. Not so much anymore. The "enlightened few" now use them as a pulpit to preach and berate the "dirty masses". Haven't watched any of the ESecPN channels in months. I worry about what the future holds for my younger family members...and not just in sports.

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Jul 29, 2021, 9:37 AM
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I feel the same way, and for me it is two fold.

1) I have been a Clemson football fan for a long time. Wins in my mind used to be cherished. I am certainly elated at our recent success, but the down side to me is that we are now expected to win. Winning a game is more of a relief / expectation now as opposed to just being happy. A loss 10 years ago was frustrating, but a loss now is devastating to our entire season.

2) The Michael Jordan era mindset of athletes winning at all costs is mostly gone in all sports. MJ was willing to possibly end his career to play injured to win a game. He just didn't want to lose, no matter what it cost him. Now it's all about money. If that means sitting out a game to preserve your NFL career, so be it. If that means losing a game for a better draft pick (pro sports only), they will gladly do so. It's just a completely different mindset from the athletes.

I'm not a fan of the political arena being brought into sports, but my second point is much more destructive to my love of sports than the political aspect.

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Jul 29, 2021, 10:16 AM
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It's a combination of all the things you listed.

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No, I don't. But I certainly respect how you feel.

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Jul 29, 2021, 10:44 AM
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February through April is still the worst part of the year because there's no CFB, NFL or MLB, except for the Spring Game I attend every year. I spend that time analyzing all the NFL Draft prospects, because the Draft is like Christmas to me as an NFL fan. I love watching to see who the Dolphins draft, seeing where our Clemson guys wind up and I love the fantasy implications, so I'm all about it. Then I get to focus on how the Braves are gonna do. Got to see three games in Atlanta against the Pirates in May; three straight wins. First time I'd been to a game in a couple of years. I kept score for the first two; had a blast.

Baseball keeps me going through the summer, but the football hype trains picks up steam in July. Clemson holds a lot of big recruiting events, we see classes shape up with big commitments, NFL teams report to camp, it's great. Then August is all camp observations and fantasy football prep and drafting. I have a league with my old Tiger Band pals and another with some old work buddies that I drive to Fort Mill for every year to do a live auction draft. One of my favorite days of the year: talking football, good friends, good food and drink, smack talk, catching up, guys facing off in the auction, love it.

Then the best day of the year arrives: the first Clemson game. College football kicks off and my dad and I are all about it. He attended games for decades with my grandad, and I tailgated with them every game, every year as soon as I was out of the band. I've missed two home games since 2007; that's it. We average two or three road trips a year. When I was in the band, my grandpa LOVED when my baritone friends and I visited the tailgate. He unfortunately can't make many games anymore due to health needs and my grandmother's health needs, but you better believe he watches every game. He can't focus well on conversations anymore, but he always does great when we talk about Clemson football. He'll tell me about the freshmen he wants to see play and how hard DJ and Taisun's last names are to pronounce. The fall is perfect: temps start falling, Clemson games, Dolphins games, keeping up with fantasy, seeing how the MLB postseason shapes up, trips to away games with my dad; wouldn't trade it for anything. And that lasts all the way to the Superbowl for me.

So no, I don't feel like you do. Nothing's changed for me the past few years. Sure, COVID made things weird last year but sports are as great as they've always been and still just as big a part of my life as they've always been. Sure, the political stuff is distracting in the offseason but it never seems to matter once games kick off. Football is still football when the pads go on. I'm sad you're losing interest but I'm certainly not. I don't know what I would do without sports.

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This has happened to me as well, but i know exactly why

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I got married, had kids, and got older. I have a lot less free time these days and my general perspective on life, what's important, and what's worth spending that free time on have all changed as well. I still follow Clemson football the same as i always have, but my interest in all other sports has really declined.

For me it has absolutely nothing to do with politics because I've never had any difficulty tuning all of that stuff out and focusing on the stuff i actually enjoy. The issue is just that i don't enjoy it nearly as much.

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I am with you. I am the ripe old age of 24, and though I have been a die-hard Clemson fan since the day I came out of the womb and a college sports fanatic since the age of 10, I have an increasing waning interest in all sports. As you aforementioned, its a myriad of things that have changed the sport and made it lose a certain amount of "magic" that it once held in my eyes. I find myself, fishing, hunting, and camping more than ever, and turning away from the TV. I guess it is an overall positive as I am healthier than I have ever been, but I do somewhat long for the days when the game was simpler and things just seemed right in the world. Sadly, with the introduction of the NIL and other aspects that are changing the landscape, I do not see that magic returning anywhere in the near future. I have serious doubts on whether or not I'll even turn on the opener at Georgia this year. The times have changed, and so have I.

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football. There are football games on - almost literally every night of the week.

I lapped it up until I was tired of it. But now - I'm tired of it.

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100% feel the same.

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Clemson sports, especially football , are the only sports I follow. For me the turnoff for other sports started when pro franchises, leagues, and players started “using their platform” to express their religious, social, cultural, sexual, and political views. Now the same thing is happening in college sports. Certainly every athlete/sportsperson has the right to express their views, but do they realize that it is their skill that I want to see. I don’t care about their opinion on non sports issues. It chaps my gluteus Maximus to be told how dumb or wrong I am by someone whose major qualification is that are good with balls, bats, and other assorted devices that they jump, run, hit, catch, or lift, or hold. I get enough of that from politicians. That’s all.

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Yep same here I’ve lost interest in watching a bunch of wife beating millionaire prima donnas play sports. Spending my time with my kids and reading, I’ll watch Clemson play football and that’s it

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