All around the world people take part in sports that the average American doesn’t understand or couldn’t care less about. Sports like bullfighting, rugby, and cricket are barely a blip on America’s radar screen. Even professional soccer has seemed to elude many Americans. Our kids may play it but when the casual soccer fan would have trouble naming the best teams and players that shows a lack of interest. We are so set in our ways that if it isn’t one of the big four sports (baseball, basketball, football, hockey) we don’t seem to care. Even golf is a sport people play but don’t watch, outside of Tiger Woods. The sad thing is that there are major things occurring right now and we are oblivious.

ESPN is currently trying to introduce cricket to their audience. They can’t risk a ratings bomb in primetime so they are showing it (complete with small little picture advertisement) on ESPN360.com. Apparently ESPN News, ESPN 2, ESPN etc., all had other obligations to broadcast.

Last December on of the best rugby players in the world came out that he was gay. Until Sports Illustrated ran an article this month on Gareth Thomas you would have trouble naming anything rugby related. I know I have no knowledge about the sport other than just a basic understanding of how it works. I am ignorant to the sport myself, and was amazed at the story of Thomas. What was astounding is how well teammates and fans received his news. Would we be so accepting if Peyton Manning or LeBron James announced they were gay?

There is one sport that I just can’t support, and that is bullfighting. There is pageantry and beauty in the sport so they say, but to me it seems like mocking an animal as it slowly dies. Once in a while the bull gets revenge for his species, but what happened to Julio Aparicio is cruel by any standards. Aparicio is one of the best bullfighters in the world, but he is now in critical condition. He fought a bull and the bull won, goring him through the jaw. Nobody deserves this.

So next time you are bored, or your favorite team is getting blown out, try taking a look at a new sport. You may just find out that you have room in your life for another sport.

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