Three years ago was around the time I became a huge sports fan. I was always considered myself a player more than a fan. I would watch games with friends on occasions, but it was only about three years ago that professional sports, especially football, became an obsession. Before this obsession I rarely watched Sportscenter and never checked ESPN.com or NFL.com. I had barely even heard of twitter and as far as I was concerned my phone was just a way to call and text friends.
While I don’t remember when the obsession hit exactly, I remember that it hit and hit hard. It was almost as if overnight I became an avid sports fan. ESPN and NFL have been bookmarks on my web browser ever since, and I can’t remember the last time I didn’t check them at least once a day. Before coming to Tufts, (which refuses to offer ESPN) my mornings always started with Sportscenter, my day could not start without my precious Top 10 Plays. Like most football fans, Sunday is my holy day. At 1pm I lock myself in my room update fantasy line-ups, monitor stats, and watch at least one game at a time. My face is glued to either my laptop or TV only turning away from a game to check on another or to check how my fantasy players are performing.
While I have an iPhone, it has never been more than a last resort to check sporting news. If I am stuck somewhere without my laptop I closely monitor games on my phone, but for news, I always wait to read the story on my laptop or hear about it on TV. It seems like the majority of my generation, or at least the people of my generation that I know don’t use twitter. To me there is just something extremely unappealing about the website and I always thought of someone my age having a twitter as hubris, after all who cares what a 19-year-old thinks?