S is for Seven So-So Sports

For this A to Z Challenge, I have so many S words swirling around in my head that I almost can’t pick one. I like lists, though, so here are the top seven sports that I don’t like. That’s right, because I don’t have seven favorite sports that start with S. I’ve tried a few of these and they just didn’t agree with me.

  1. Skating (ice or roller). I took ice skating lessons for one year as a kid. I did alright, but mastering the triple Lutz was not in my future. I went to the local roller skating rink a lot, mostly for friends’ birthday parties, and only sprained my wrist once, a triumph for my balance-challenged self. I spent a lot of time clinging to the wall as I skated in a circle to my favorite songs, secretly wishing I could just go put my Velcro sneakers on and go home.
  2. Skiing. I tried snow skiing once. It was not a positive experience. It confirmed my preference for keeping my feet flat on the ground, not propped up on wheels or blades, although I probably could be persuaded to try cross-country skiing or even water skiing. It’s the whole downhill pull of gravity thing that gets me every time.
  3. Skydiving. Um, no. The funny thing is that when I was much younger I told myself I was going to try skydiving and/or bungee jumping some day. As I got older, those desires went away. I’m not sure why. It’s somewhat sad that I had these great ambitions as a kid and that I’ve turned into a really fearful adult, at least when it comes to heights.
  4. Sumo wrestling. Does this one really need any explanation? I realize that it’s an important part of Japanese culture and whatnot; for some reason, I just feel uncomfortable watching it. And what about when people dress up in plastic sumo costumes at baseball games and other events? That’s sort of mocking the culture, isn’t it?
  5. Soccer. I just never got into this one. I find it boring to watch and frustrating to play. However, my attitude was a bit more positive while living in Chile, a country that loves their fútbol as the national pastime.
  6. Scuba diving. This is a very cool activity but again, I don’t think I could get up the nerve to try it. I’d probably be claustrophobic which would probably lead to an anxiety attack. Not a good scene overall. Maybe I could try snorkeling first.
  7. Shooting. I have no interest in shooting any type of gun, especially for sport.

A fairly short and simple list. But I don’t want this post to sound like one big whine, so I’ll add that I do enjoy softball and swimming, as well as many other sports that don’t begin with S.

Do you have a favorite S sport? How about a least favorite?
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  1. bikeriding and swimming are at the top of my favorite list for sports. Skating is at the top of my not so favorite too 🙂 simply because I could never skate!

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