I just HAVE to maintain some semblance of intelligence, no matter what the conversational topic.
I don’t do sports. I think the whole thing is silly in the extreme – from the rabid behavior of fans to the outrageous salaries to the ridiculous amount of press professional (and notorious college) athletes get.
In fact, I SO don’t do sports that I was completely lost in conversations around the dinner table of my former in-laws. Out of desperation, as a young bride I asked Skip’s best friend for something – anything – universally intelligent and acceptable to say to appear as though I could hold my own in any conversation about sports.
“Laimbeer sucks,” he said.
Armed with this new knowledge, I went to the next dinner at my in-laws’ home. Inevitably, the topic turned to sports.
“Laimbeer sucks,” I offered in a lull in the conversation.
Mom-in-law spewed her wine across the table. Dad-in-law guffawed. Skip looked at me admiringly. I preened.
My stock phrase became the stuff of family legend.
Now, this was about 20 years ago, and I understand that “Laimbeer” has long since retired. So my question to you is, what do I now say when I want to look intelligent during sports conversations?
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