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  • I didn't used to like football, until I went to Uni. There I was surrounded by raving football fans for the first time in my life. So I started watching with them. I think it's partly that you can't just sit down and say I'm going to learn to enjoy this - part of it is the whole group excitement thing, and part of it is that there are some complex aspects of the game that need explaining by friends ;-)

    Even now I'm not a "fan" - I don't go out of the way to watch league matches. But I do enjoy watching the
    • Re:Football (Score:3, Interesting)

      by jdavidb (1361) on 2002.06.03 12:01 (#9080) Homepage Journal

      I realize we're talking about different sports with the same name, but one of the great things about my school [] was NO FOOTBALL TEAM! Very unusual for an American university, especially in Texas. So I never had a chance to become infected.

      Every year some freshman who wishes that instead of a commuter school with no football team we had a normal "better" school with everybody in dorms and a football team tries to start a petition or something in the school paper to get a football team. They are always met with resounding silence: we have a tremendous foreign population, and a tremendous engineering population, both of which are mildly to strongly inclined not to care about American football. I presume such freshman eventually give up and go to another school after some parting shots about how none of his classmates cared or wanted to "make a difference."

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers