Lately, I have gotten a small education in sports programs on TV -- the kind of pastime that encourages couch potatoes to veg out and cheer.
In the past, I only had an occasional interest in sporting events, but nowadays, when I do watch TV, I like the fact that in sports, when the commentators finally shut up, something is actually happening... it's not stale or second-hand.
Even on sports shows, there are a lot of commentaries and opinions and speculations, but they seem to be fewer than on news shows. The creativity of a sporting event is comparatively refreshing: What can be more refreshing that something happening right now? TV dramas and sitcoms tend to lack the quirky uncertainty that life in the present tense serves up. But baseball or basketball or hockey or football ... in the playing, they are right-now. And through the miracle of TV remote controls, you can always mute the commentaries.
I doubt that sports on TV will ever turn into an addiction for me, but the alive-ness of play is refreshing when I do watch: No analysis can confine it; no commentary can compass it. It's just ... happening.