So I decided that after my brother started a love affair with American Football, I too would like to embrace a sport. Since none of the traditional sports iconic to the UK (Soccer, Rugby, Cricket) capture my attention in any way shape or form, and I used to love playing Basketball in my teens, I figure Basketball is as good as any sport to pick.
The problem is, I have no idea where to start.
First thing I should probably get a grasp of is the rules: Do I want to check this out in the form of a book, or is it better to watch matches and pick it up as it goes along? It's been a while since I played and to be honest, it was simply P.E. classes so it wasn't exactly the most in-depth analysis of the rules. A fresh reminder is probably in order for this to work, so I'm open to recommendations.
Then there's picking a team to support/follow: I understand in sport that rooting for the home team is a popular concept, but I think that's a little out of the question considering the geography. So, how do people pick the team(s) they follow? How did you pick what team you follow? Their playstyle? the players themselves? the colour of their kit? the mascot? the win/loss ratio? Heck if I was interested in American Football I'd probably be backing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because they have a pirate ship and cannons.
Then there's the next question: How do I keep up to date with games? Where can I watch them as a UK citizen, or at least find out the scores? Due to the dominance of Soccer/Rugby/Cricket over here it's not likely I'll just be able to flip on the radio or tune in to digital radio and get coverage over here, so I really have no idea where to start looking outside of cable company sports packages.
I know it's probably an odd question to get but hey, this is H/A, you get odd questions all the time and there's always answers.