Itâ€™s a torrid affair most men canâ€™t seem to shake â€“ their relationship with sports, both as player and fan.
Sure, women love the pastime, too, but males are known to bond best over athletic activity, whether quaffing beer at a ballpark or tossing the pigskin at a tailgate.
Chip Cosby, sportscaster at cn|2 Sports and former reporter for the Lexington Herald, is an expert on manâ€™s undying love for the game. The Voice-Tribune asked Chip to weigh in on the world of sports and its â€œmanliestâ€ features, from the food to the venue and Muhammad Ali.
What do you consider the manliest sport?
You know, everybodyâ€™s first answer would be football, but … Iâ€™ve talked to a few rugby players over the years, and to me that (sport has) the total package. Youâ€™ve got to be in tip-top condition and be tough.
Who is the manliest sports star, either today or from the past?
Iâ€™m biased because heâ€™s my hero: Muhammad Ali. … As a pure athlete, he was phenomenal and transcended the sport. Anyone that can have that impact on society is a manâ€™s man.
Who has the manliest sports fans?
I always think of Chicago. Maybe itâ€™s because of those old Chris Farley skits on Saturday Night Live, where (the Bears fans are) sitting around drinking beer. Chicagoâ€™s got the Blackhawks, a great hockey (team), great football (team), and those are two of the manliest sports.
What is the manliest game-time food?
If you can eat one of those polish sausages with onions, cheese, mustard and all that, and get up and still feel like a champ, thatâ€™s a man.
Best sports arena to visit with your broâ€™s?
I went to the Big East tournament and even though they renovated the building a little, Madison Square Garden.
Whoâ€™s the one man in sportscasting you look up to?
Greg Gumbel is somebody I (admire). Heâ€™s good at what he does. He just seems like a constant professional. He doesnâ€™t try to draw attention to himself or make it about him. â€¦ You just enjoy watching him.