I love being a sports fan and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Sports are one of the few things on earth that can be common ground between people of any background or belief system. I follow (though not watch) all of seattle's teams plus the Canucks and NASCAR. I would say that The Seahawks games are the ones I make the most effort to actually sit down and watch. That having been said, I long ago decided that I wouldn't run my life around sporting events. If there is something more interesting going on, I will DVR or skip it. The only exception might be playoff games or friend/family gatherings around a specific event. But even with that caveat, I can't think of the last time I felt like I skipped out on an important "real life" event to watch a sporting event. Today I went out locally for a couple hours early this morning then watched the 'hawks game with my boys. Worked for me.