I totally agree. Watching sports is a lame activity.
With me, I was almost born into it. I remember collecting baseball cards when I was 5 and creating a fake game out of it. As I got older, I would play a sport every chance I got. Baseball, basketball, football, wrestling, swimming, golf, etc. Watching professionals play was only a natural progression.
My generation was different though because advanced video games were just being developed. I got so hooked on Madden 2002 when my cousin showed it to me. I shudder when I think about the hours spent playing Madden over the years. It was a genius business concept because you are a 'fan' and an 'active participator/player' at the same time. This really intensified the whole sports obsession and allowed me to think it was much more real than it was.
I suppose fantasy sports added to it to a degree too. There were others who were bigger players of that, but if I going to do something, I'm going to win it too. That's my attitude. I was in a single keeper league, for baseball, and I was scouting fucking high schools so that I'd have a small leg up on the competition.
I would sit in classes, starting in middle school, and draw up plays and build rosters. During lunch in high school, me and my friends would argue about professional athletes the entire time. When I got home, usually from a practice, my dad would be drunk and unavailable. Me being essentially home alone, I'd turn on the video game console and enter this different world.
By 16, I'm confident in saying that I could have ran a pro football franchise. I knew enough about scouting players and setting up systems that I could do better than some of the general managers currently in place. In fact, I became well known on a fan message board for my draft knowledge, as many of my predictions were quite accurate, especially when it came to finding "sleepers".
Furthermore, I knew all about body kinetics. I understood how the baseball swing worked, how the throwing motion worked, how tackling and blocking worked, how running worked, and how lifting worked. I could critique even pro players on their technique. If there's something positive to be gleamed from my sports obsession, this is it.
When I was 18, going to a university that had a good sports program was important to me! How sad. It didn't make rational sense to me, but I would tell everyone that I wanted a "big school atmosphere" and lots of "school spirit" when deep down, I just wanted a school that I'd be proud to wear a sweatshirt of in 10 years and have a good team to use in NCAA Football.
But if you look at my history in sports, you can see how it was truly a big part of my life, so my college decision was scarily logical. When I moved away from home, I finally got to develop as a person. I figured out my own morals and values, and sports was not even on the list. I think the grip that sports has on America (even as spectators) is because of an innate desire for war/dominance. I've taken the same obsessive desire and directed it towards other things that will actually further my real life dominance.