謠言和運動 ~ Rumors and Sports

謠言和運動
作者:史杰輝
編輯:何宇薇

美國人喜歡看業餘及職業球賽,其中最受歡迎的是橄欖球,籃球,和棒球。有些人每天都看電視轉播。沒有比賽的時候,也常常看運動討論節目。關於運動的網頁也很流行。就連我也常在一些網站看消息。有時選手也會在網路上跟球迷聊天。

爲什麽美國人連淡季期間都熱衷於討論運動?每天都會討論的内容是什麽?内容常常圍繞在「謠言」。大學會為優秀的學生選手提供運動獎金。高中學校選手可以在大學之間做出選擇。職業球團會從大學及外國挑選新選手,也可以用自己的選手和別隊交換。加入聯賽三年之後,職業選手可以自由地跟任何有興趣的團隊簽署合約。所以,在各個球團關於選手的謠言很多。有時選手的朋友或是團隊的雇員秘密地透露消息給記者。有時是記者自己猜測所有的可能性。

謠言會影響某人的行爲。一個橄欖球選手聽説他的團隊跟別的團隊談論關於將自己交易的事。謠言惹選手生氣了,他要求團隊讓他去別的球隊。團隊擁有者憤怒地回答他,把他跟別的球團交換了。球迷對於一個優秀選手的未來討論了兩年,因為謠言太多了,所以最後他爲了告訴世界他的選擇而談了一個小時的電視節目。隔天,美國人的所有人都在討論那段播出和他的選擇。

有時候球迷覺得明年的比賽比今年的更有意思。因爲球季過了三分之一就知道哪一團隊是強的,哪一團隊是弱的,所以弱隊的球迷就會開始期待明年的表現,因爲明年,什麽事都有可能。現今,訊息交流很快速,所以謠言就成爲球迷對運動感興趣的特色之一了。

Rumors and Sports
Author: James Smyth
Editor: Chen Yu-wei

Americans love to watch college and pro sports, especially football, basketball, and baseball. Some people watch games on TV every day. When there aren’t games, they often watch sports talk shows. Sports web sites are also popular. Even I often read the news there. Sometimes, the players themselves chat with their fans online.

Why do Americans love to discuss sports so much? What is there to talk about? It often revolves around rumors. Colleges can give scholarships to players. High school players can choose their own college. Sports teams can draft from colleges or from abroad, and they can trade the players they already have. After three years, professional players can also sign a contract with whichever team is interested in them. So there are a lot of rumors about the choices of teams and players. Sometimes, a friend of the player or an employee of the team will secretly talk to a reporter. Sometimes, reporters simply speculate about what might happen.

Rumors can influence the people involved. One football player heard that his team talked to another team about a potential trade involving him. This rumor made him so angry, he demanded his team let him go somewhere else. The team owner gave him an angry response and traded him. Fans talked about a certain amazing basketball player‘s future for two years, and because there were so many rumors, he finally broadcast a one-hour television program about his choice. The next day, everyone in America talked about The Decision.

Sometimes, fans can be more interested in next year than this year. Since you know which teams are good and which are bad about a third of the way into the year, the fans of the bad teams can start to dream of next year, because next year, anything is possible. Now that communication is so easy, rumors are becoming one of the most interesting things about following sports.

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