These days just about everyone can appreciate what a privilige it is to go out and see a ballgame. But, were you of a different mindset before the world changed?  Were you ever been in that position where someone asks you about sports? Even something simple like, what sports you watch? And you just can’t give them an answer. It’s not even that you don’t like sports! You’ve always liked the idea of getting into them, but you’ve just been able to do it.  It’s the same with everyone crowding around the office water cooler to rave about some sports game, and you’re left on the outside. Well worry not, once the world returns to a sense of normalcy, here are four spectator sports you may want to get into. They are easy and you can finally join in the discussion.

 

Soccer

It’s the world’s most popular sport for a reason. Just about anyone can get into soccer, or football it’s called in Europe. With something round and two sticks for a goal anyone can start up a match. And it’s just as simple to understand as it is to play. There are very few bizarre rules or strange customs. Outside of the, actually rather simple, offside rule it couldn’t be more basic. Two teams, two goals, one ball. Sometimes the best part of watching soccer, whether you go to a match or crowd round the TV, is the way it brings people together. There are few things more exciting than spending the last few minutes of a game screaming alongside your friends and family. Especially when you find yourselves hugging with joy at the end of it all.

 

Horse Racing

This one is simplicity itself. No teams, no goals. Just jockeys, horses, and a track. It might not seem as glamorous as some other sports, but there’s nothing like the visceral thrill of a horse race. From the moment the horses come tearing through the gate right up until the final moments, it’s a no holds barred white knuckle experience. You can practically feel the beating of the hooves on the ground as the animals race down the track. Plus it’s one of the best sports to put a little money down on. Just in case you needed another reason to get excited about the result.

 

Ice Hockey

Want an instant way to spice up just about any sports match? How about having the whole thing take place on a gigantic sheet of ice? Watching ice hockey players pull off the same kinds of spectacular moves as many other athletes, all while sliding around on the ice with blades attached to their shoes really is a sight to behold. It’s the kind of game where the players have huge amounts of control over the pacing and direction of the game, meaning that it’s often impossible to fully predict what’s going to happen next. Of course, once you’re invested, that won’t stop you from making predictions for what comes next and cheering whenever a player does something truly remarkable. Ice hockey is one of the most intense sports there is and it’s easy to get that feeling when you’re watching it.

 

Cricket

Okay, hear us out on this one. We know it’s virtually foreign on U.S. soil. Ya don’t see many cricket games being played in the park. Also, we know what you’ve heard. That cricket is boring. That nothing ever happens. That matches last longer than some celebrity marriages. Well let me tell you that that is simply untrue. Well, except that last one, some test matches really can go on.

Cricket is one of the best sports to get together with your friends and family to enjoy watching. It’s filled with the same levels of tension and excitement as soccer and football. Plus there’s something amazing about getting to witness the physical prowess involved in the way the bowler throws the ball. It’s the little moments in cricket that make it worth watching. It’s easy to watch but if you wanted to dip into the more technical elements that’s there for you as well. Whether you’re a man, woman, nine or ninety-nine, anyone can enjoy this classic sport.

If you’re the kind of person who’s just never really been able to connect with sports in the past, one of the best things to do is to try and understand what’s going on underneath it all. Under all of the rules and the pomp and circumstance, there is something far more fundamental that draws people to sports as a way to spend their time. Sports are about stories. Every season, every match, every moment is a human story of hope and despair, triumph and disappointment. These are the things that have people screaming with joy when their team scores. It’s not just about the sports, it’s about the stories that they can tell. And with the advent of streaming, there are sports platforms starting to roll out games that you can watch state side.

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