Staffer secretly dislikes sports

Abby Crutchfield, Editorial Editor

There are a ton of people out there that absolutely love watching sports. Sadly, I am not one of those people.
Growing up in a sporting family, I have had to learn how to pretend to pay attention. Here’s my guide of how to act like you love watching athletics, when really you just don’t care.
First of all, pay close attention to the people who are actually viewing the game. Then wait for those people to start cheering, and you can join in.
One really important thing is to make sure not to argue with whomever you’re sitting with. Chances are they know a whole lot more than you do.
It’s always a good idea to have Google open on your phone in case someone asks a question you don’t know the answer to. That way you can look up your team’s players just in case they come up. For example, you could say, “Oh yeah, I love Patrick Mahomes” or “Travis Kelce is just the best.”
Aside from “knowing” a few players, it’s nice to know the names of various positions. For instance, if you’re at your little brother’s baseball game, it’s good to know the difference between the pitcher and catcher. And like I said, Google is your best friend.
If you absolutely cannot remember any player or positions, I recommend using Quizlet. Some people think it can only be used for school, but it’s actually very useful when it comes to learning sports.
Another way to make it look like you know a lot is to buy a bunch of fan gear. If you are completely decked out in your favorite team’s apparel, I automatically assume you are an expert when it comes to the sport. In fact, I probably won’t even bring up the team around you because I know you have way more knowledge than me.
Also, going to a professional event makes you seem like you are very interested in it. So, if you go to a Kansas City Chiefs game, people might believe that you actually like watching football.
The last thing you can do in “fake-liking” sports is yell a lot at games. You don’t even have to know what you’re talking about, just claim that the ref doesn’t know what he’s doing. After that, no one will doubt that you love sports.