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Straight Guys and Sports Revisited

I recently joined a gym with a lot of post-college/frat-type douches. Yes, the eye candy is amazing (giggles), but their conversations, almost exclusively about sports, are enough to drive this gay guy insane. They talk about these sports players as if they know them personally, and you'd think they had some sort of emotional stake in how a player or team performs.

Let me say that I basically know what makes straight guys tick. I understand straight men. I'm a pretty traditional guy myself. I recognize the competitiveness when it comes to careers and women as driving forces. These are universal forces for guys, straight or gay (of course, with gay guys competing for the hottest guys), but the sports thing totally alludes me.

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 4010/31/2013

*eludes

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 110/03/2013

Where do you live? Can you join a gayer gym? Of course, where I live is so sportsy, even the gay guys talk about sports.

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 210/03/2013

It's not even a straight guy thing its a sports thing. My best friend is a straight female who grew up in a sports town and she will go on and on about baseball and football like no one else. I mean, I love sports too but jeez, not so much that I remember everyone and their father who's ever played in the last 30 years.

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 310/03/2013

Giggles?

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 410/03/2013

[quote]I recognize the competitiveness when it comes to careers and women as driving forces. These are universal forces for guys, straight or gay (of course, with gay guys competing for the hottest guys), but the sports thing totally alludes me.

You're not too bright, are you? I like that in an OP.

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 510/03/2013

Living vicariously through their sports heroes. That's all it is.

And it's the way straight guys "bond" with each other. It's their little "club" where they can slap each other on the back without anyone thinking they're "gay".

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 610/03/2013

[quote](giggles)

This is where I stopped reading.

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 710/03/2013

Jesus Christ, please go read some Eve Sedgewick immediately, and learn what homosocial bonding is. And then go do some.

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 810/03/2013

There was a documentary I saw somewhere I don't recall right now that explained that men enjoy watching sports more than women because men's brains function differently, and respond favourably to strategy-based challenges.

There was no mention of gay men or women in the documentary, though.

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 910/03/2013

OP would apparently be more in his element if his fellow gym patrons were discussing Cher or Britney Spears as though they were acquainted with them personally.

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 1010/03/2013

OP, there are gays who also watch sports, not just for hot guys, but for the joys of sports and who likes to talk about sports.

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 1110/03/2013

Lovely sentence, R11. Diagram it for us?

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 1210/03/2013

R12 Sorry, English is a foreign language for me. I'll try: Some gay guys, incl. me, like to watch all kinds of sports not just for hot guys, but also because we like sports. We also like to talk about sportsmen and sports.

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 1310/03/2013

You did fine the first time, r11. Ignore the cunts. Come over for a game sometime!

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 1410/03/2013

R14 Thanks, I surely will.

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 1510/03/2013

[quote]Yes, the eye candy is amazing (giggles)...

Aarrrggghhh!

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 1610/03/2013

r16, Where can you even find a pencil anymore?

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 1710/03/2013

Yes, please do us all favor, r16, and plunge those pencils deep in.

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 1810/03/2013

[quote]Yes, please do us all favor, [R16], and plunge those pencils deep in.

Whatever you say, R18 / OP. :::giggles:::

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 1910/03/2013

Be able to talk about sports and watch your job promotion potential increase exponentially. Knowing how to talk sports and following sports is probably better for your career than getting married/having kids. You know, aside from talent and hard work and all of that stuff. Straight guys LOVE talking about and obsessing over sports. They want to be around people who will talk about sports with them...they really don't give a shit if they are gay or not.

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 2010/03/2013

They can't talk about much else. Maybe money or gadgets.

I find the flat personality of the straight man unnerving. I really can't be around it because it depresses me.

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 2110/03/2013

Because gays and their GAGAGAGAGAGA all the time is tres fascinating! If you're surrounded by boring people, you might want to take a closer look at yourself.

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 2210/03/2013

[quote]and you'd think they had some sort of emotional stake in how a player or team performs

They DO. My brother is still traumatized, and I mean it, by the Patriots' loss in Superbowl 2008.

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 2310/03/2013

R20 is spot on. The problem is, it's hard to try and fake it if you're not really into it. You can watch a few games, but unless you know every guy on the team, their coaches, and their recruiting history, you'll be lost within 5 minutes of conversation.

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 2410/03/2013

Straight guys are soooooooo sportsy! (giggles)

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 2510/03/2013

Giggles? LOL. I picture OP wearing a spandex caftan.

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 2610/03/2013

i am a femme les and i LOVE Football and bASEBALL!! . iN FACT, i watch sports with my gay male friends

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 2710/03/2013

OP, your ignorant post is astounding. Perhaps you don't like sports, that's fine. But don't try to portray most or all gay guys as being clueless or not interested in sports. Many gay/bi dudes are athletes and love sports as much as their hetero brethren. Your attempt to perpetuate ignorant archaic stereotypes FAILS.

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 2810/03/2013

Are you single, r27?

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 2910/04/2013

Straight guys don't feel comfortable talking about just anything in general because that is what girls do constantly.

Sports gives them a butch way to do the same thing, fulfilling their human need to communicate with others.

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 3010/04/2013

Stop acting like gay men are some half-woman third sex. If you are that way, don't try to portray all gay men as like you. It's your individual gender identity, not the identity of an entire sexual orientation of males. Some of you seem to believe in sexual orientation stereotypes much more than non-gay people.

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 3110/04/2013

They DO. My brother is still traumatized, and I mean it, by the Patriots' loss in Superbowl 2008.

It's not just your brother, r23. I'm gay and I haven't entirely gotten over Chris Evert's loss to Tracy Austin in the US Open final and I think that was in '78.

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 3210/04/2013

r29, yes!

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 3310/04/2013

The fanaticism of sports is completely lost on me. When I encounter a fanatic I usually just brush them off as an idiot.

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 3410/04/2013

r31 And don't assume that women don't like sports(i say this in relation to your comment about the half-woman).

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 3510/04/2013

OP likes being a stereotypical old world gay who is half-female. Most gay and bi guys are not like that, and like their straight bros, love sports. OP, it's okay that you don't like sports, but don't try to defame other gay/bi dudes as having your same propensity, dude.

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 3610/06/2013

I just an awkward meeting at work that reminded me of this thread. I work with a lot of women, and the bulk of the meetings I attend overwhelmingly contain women. However, I had to attend one this afternoon that primarily included men. Right on cue, the three of them in attendance started discussing sports, baseball, the upcoming football game. Like many gay guys, I know absolutely nothing about sports. I sat there totally self-conscious, not being able to contribute anything to the conversation. They didn't even try to include me in the conversation, as if they knew what they were discussing would be foreign to me. I felt naked and exposed, and it was very uncomfortable. Thank goodness one of the more aggressive female attendees cut their conversation short so that we could get down to business. I don't understand straight men...it's always about THE GAME. So stupid.

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 3710/31/2013

"Giggles" made me straight.

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 3810/31/2013

It's true that gay men are not as sports obsessed as straights, but then again I never encounter gay men discussing typically girly subjects either.

I overheard two women at the office (in their forties) discussing shoes for what must have been an hour. They were passionately and excitedly discussing shoes and nothing else. I don't think even the most feminine of gay men could pull off such a feat, so the gay=girly equation is not correct in my opinion.

Older straight guys are different though, they prefer discussing politics or social issues (most of my colleagues are middle-aged straight men).

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 3910/31/2013

R27&29, Whores! This is not a lesbian hookup site. If I can't find someone, neither can the both of you. Take that elsewhere. Stat!

by Perplexed Gay Guyreply 4010/31/2013
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