We are all human and when watching a sporting event will usually find a player or team to root for. But why do we make the choices that we do?
For me, when watching a sporting event on TV that I have no real vested interest in, I will usually cheer for the team that is the home team (back in the “good old days” when there were thousands of fans cheering in the stands) and/or the underdog – to upset the favorite. If it is the underdog playing at home, that is a double positive.
How About Watching Tennis?
When watching a tennis match that doesn’t include one of my regular favorites (Nadal, Federer, etc.), I was thinking what makes me pull for one player over the other; and I think there are several factors…
- Personality – The character of the player is probably critical … are they whiners? Racquet smashers? Or are they fair with fans, opponents, and themselves?
- Nationality – I confess to being pro-American and will USUALLY cheer for a country man/woman over anyone else. What prompted me to think about this is when I was pulling for Nadal over young American Sebastian Korda at the French Open. But I will also pull for a Taiwanese over a Chinese … an Englishman over a Russian … etc.
- Young vs. Old – Here I flip-flop … sometimes I pull for the youngster for an upset; and other times I will want the “senior” player to have one more moment of glory.
- Attractive People – When all else fails, we can always default to liking “pretty people”!
How about YOU… who do you root for?
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