What’s the Most Boring Sport?

I type this as my wife watches what, for me, is the most boring sport in the world. I’ll tell you what it is in a sec. Posting this because I’ve heard and read so many times about how “boring” fishing or watching fishing is. I know you have too.

After really trying to watch these so-called other sports, I’ve come to this conclusion: The people who say that about fishing are boring.

Football I like (go Jets…), but baseball? I’ll never make it to the 7th-inning stretch. Even when my own son is playing I’m virtually checked out after a couple innings. I’d rather be looking for crawfish in the stream that runs by the ball fields, I think he would too….

Hockey has one too many periods. Maybe two too many.

Golf is like watching a rocking chair race. Whoop-de-dang-doo.

College bball = good. Pro basketball = a bunch of stretched-out aliens in slowmo.

But even if you think any of the above are boring, none of them hold a candle to my wife’s favorite sport, which is THE most boring sport ever to watch bar none:


Four freakin’ hours of back and forth in the same space? Give me a cane pole in a canoe, and you can wave that racquet around all you want. (In fact, this is how the Kumars often go their separate ways.)

I wondered for a time how the heck pro tennis gets any sponsorship. The answer: The people who control that sponsorship money play tennis – and are boring. (Sorry honey!)



  1. Tumblebug

    January 31, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Those sports keep the unworthy off the water.

  2. admin (mostly Jay)

    January 31, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    That’s a good way to put it!

  3. Jack

    February 2, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    A provaocative post Jay. But isn’t there a big difference between WATCHING and PARTICIPATING in a particular “sport”? You sort of mix the two together in your observation.

    For example, you note that when you’re watching your son play baseball you’re “checked out” after a couple of innings. Fair enough. Baseball – especially Little League – can be pretty boring to watch, even if it’s your own kid playing. You say that instead, you’d rather be in the stream looking for crawfish. Well sure you would. That’s an activity, which by definition takes more brain power than sitting in front of a TV (or outside on a bleacher seat) staring at any sport, be it baseball, bass fishing, pro football, college basketball, NASCAR, whatever. (And if you’re being serious when you say you think your son also would rather be in the stream looking for crawfish…who’s making him play baseball?}

    So you say watching tennis is boring. Ok, but is it any more boring than watching someone fish? If you think so, you don’t really make or substantiate that argument. Conversely, can’t being in a boat fishing (especially if you’re catching fish) easily be more fun than sitting watching ANYTHING on TV? What do you enjoy more, watching someone fish on TV or watching the Jets on TV?

    I totally agree, by the way, about your college vs. pro basketball observation.

    By the way, right now I’m watching a new documentary on the History Channel about the legend of the “tall hairy beast”…..

    • admin (mostly Jay)

      February 8, 2011 at 10:38 pm

      Egg-zactly. Watch out for the beasties…they’re real….

  4. Bass Pundit

    February 3, 2011 at 12:24 am

    I thought you were gonna say Nascar, but crashes are pretty spectacular sometimes.

    I don’t really like racing but I guess it’s not boring.

  5. Alex Voog

    February 3, 2011 at 10:25 am

    The only thing about tennis that has any value? Maria Sharapova’s grunts.

  6. D Harrison

    February 4, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I agree that tennis is pretty boring, but if the tournament coverage on TV followed one person around for the whole day it would be way more boring. If we watched every snag and break off, lure changing, backlash picking, tree tangled cast and vienna sausage eating second of someone’s tournament day, it would make you want to poke your eyes out with coffee stirrers. The only thing more boring might be to be a BASS marshall. You would be out there chomping at the bits to make a cast, and you cant! You just have to watch the person on the front deck and live vicariously through them. I think I would have to hunt for crawfish in the livewell to keep me occupied.

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