Since I was a runner in high school, I've always had appreciation for the sport, even when I was too busy or too unmotivated to participate in it myself (i.e., most of college). For years, I loved the Olympics/Olympic trials because I'd get to watch the track-and-field-ers do the same stuff that I did, pro style. Also, once a year, we were treated to coverage of the LA Marathon, so I never, ever questioned how far that distance was.
As a side note, besides running, I loved to watch swimming, ice skating, and gymnastics during various Olympic games. Also, I particularly remember oggling at soccer players during the World Cup and Russian male gymnasts.
Anyway, when I started running distance races, I started watching more marathons, and when I got my bike, I watched bike tours, triathlons, and pretty much any biking/running and even swimming event I could find when I was bored in front of the TV.
But along with those, I've learned to just go with the flow when it comes to local team revelry, even if my interests in these sports are tepid at the moment.
For instance, hockey season about to start this week. You may recall that I went to my first hockey game last year and had a really good time. I think I find way too many similarities between soccer and hockey... so I guess I have to like it. We made a return visit to the arena recently for some fandom.
I may have also engaged in this:
Dodgers + UCLA = Los Angeles fandom combined into 1
Don't get me wrong... I can't "do" all sports... basketball I could take it or leave it. And don't get me started on football. I mean, I'll watch other sports, just because I've always had a great respect for sportsmanship and athletes in general, but right now, I can only do so much? ;)
What other sports are you "into" besides endurance sports?