no, for Hemmingway it wasn't really the fear of death, but the subtle homoeroticism of men in tight outfits and driving leathers, and alone together in the wilderness with lots of rope, which drew him to the sports.
(And also led him to stuff a shotgun in his mouth when he finally faced facts...)
I find that if I can't compete in a sport I don't really like watching it either. I've always been a fan of individual sports and racing. Yes, even NASCAR. (There's more to it than just going in circles.)
i think that all kids who aspire to become professional poker players should be sent off to military school. i also hate golf because it has to be one of the most boring sports i have ever played in my entire life. i somewhat dislike baseball and i dont mind nascar all that much.