Kucing Gatal Speaks

Saturday, September 10, 2005

It's all about Balls

Men love balls. That's a fact. Put a ball in front of a man and he'll start kicking it, batting it, tapping it, dribbling it, anything just to get the ball moving.

Men also love watching other men playing with balls. Football, tennis, golf, cricket, as long as there are balls, men will watch it. Probably the only ball-less sport commanding equal attention is athletics. So now you know why events like swimming and gymnastics are not the real crowd pullers at the Olympics and other major games. Introduce a ball in those events and I bet you men will go crazy and snap up tickets in no time.

Whenever there's an EPL match on telly, the mamaks rejoice. They are guaranteed good business if they have a TV tuned in to the match. You'll see rows and rows of boys and men all facing one direction, as if they're worshipping the tv. All eyes glued to the tv, quietly watching until a goal is scored or nearly scored, and then a sudden roar as fans cheer or groan.

These guys have utter devotion for the game. If only they could show a fraction of that devotion to things that really matter, like shopping with their girlfriends/wives, or doing household chores. While they can watch a match in rapt attention for hours, they can't do the same when listening to their partners. They tune out after 5 minutes or so. Their shopping threshold is about an hour or so, after which they will start complaining about how their feet are aching and how they need to rest and get a drink. But they are willing to stand for hours and watch a football match live, if need be.

I wonder what would happen if a Taliban-style government is elected in Malaysia and television/football is banned, and the only 'sport' allowed is congkak. I think the mamaks would stage a revolt...

I think congkak should become an Olympic sport - it has balls after all (marbles are miniature balls what! And yes, I am on a mission to promote congkak at the world level - I'm calling it The Great Congkak Campaign). Malaysia would then be assured of a gold medal, at least until other nations learn to play the game ... and then we'll be trounced, just like what's happening with sepak takraw and badminton.

Can anyone tell me why men are so fascinated with balls?

Till next time, this is Kucing Gatal signing out with a ball-loving Meow.


  • hah.. i thought 'ball' that u had stick on you men...

    By Blogger love2bug, at September 10, 2005 5:02 PM  

  • Something we blokes already knew, now enlighten us with your secret of 9 lives and furballs! lolx

    By Blogger mob1900, at September 10, 2005 5:56 PM  

  • No la... Guys never interact directly. The ball is a surrogate for.. you know. Kick/dribble/bat/smash, all are surrogate actions for what guys want to do to one another.

    I think it'll be fun if games stopped and guys were allowed to do what they want. They're fond of 'No Pain, No Gain,' so let's see them put their money where the *ahem* is....

    By Blogger plink, at September 11, 2005 5:57 AM  

  • Most sports on earth uses balls, for good reason. It's because... we love our balls. You know that we do.

    BTW, Nice pun.

    By Blogger xaph, at September 11, 2005 12:49 PM  

  • balls are to men what shopping is to women...

    By Anonymous Aku, at September 12, 2005 10:50 AM  

  • men, by nature, love to play with their balls.. hence the relationship with sports that involve balls..

    By Anonymous Ms Statistics, at September 12, 2005 11:39 AM  

  • this is so typical of women. they think so much about things that dont mean nothing. why this. why that. go back to the kitchen n chop some onions or something n leave us to watch the EPL in peace.

    By Blogger Khalil Long, at September 12, 2005 12:08 PM  

  • That's why men stare at boobs instead of face when talking to women :P

    By Anonymous bawangmerah, at September 12, 2005 12:27 PM  

  • ooo...khalil long, i hoped u had put a 'lol' after that statemnt. if not, i'd say u are a typical male chavaunist. are you? :P

    BM : hahaha!! how so very true. :)

    By Anonymous New Yvy, at September 12, 2005 4:35 PM  

  • love2bug: I will be talking about those kind of balls in the near future.

    mob1900: There's no secret to it - it's all luck and good timing ;)

    plink: I think then they would revert to the way the world was thousands of years ago - lots of warfare and bloodshed.

    Xaph: Do you love your balls too? ;)

    Aku: Hmmm, but shopping is so much more satisfying. Well I'm not a man so I can't really compare!

    Ms Statistics: I wonder who called them balls in the first place. They're not really round, nor bouncy.

    Khalil: That is so typical of men, caring so much about men in shorts who don't know and couldn't care less that you exist. By the way if you're single, I'm quite sure I know why. And if you're married, I hope your wife reads this. Padan muka engkau... heheh...

    BawangMerah: I missed that entirely! You're so right!

    New Yvy: I like your new site :)

    By Blogger Kucing Gatal, at September 12, 2005 8:06 PM  

  • Sorry KG, I'm a little sick in the head: the thought of 22 guys walking funny after a 'foot-ball,' match is quite funny, no? ;-)

    By Blogger plink, at September 12, 2005 8:36 PM  

  • Kucing Gatal, greetings:),

    Was recommended this site from another forum. I am somewhat compelled to say that you have rendered all fallacies that horny felines aint that erudite bunk.

    Coming to the query on why men are 'fascinated with balls', i think it is quite Darwininan in nature, isnt it. Men are visceral, generally speaking and vicariously partake in combat - for better or worse.

    And women shop and generally complain about men who love sports ;)

    By Blogger Tiger_Woods, at September 12, 2005 9:19 PM  

  • tq tq! :) be sure to drop by, k? bila singgah tuh, bagi salam tau. :D

    By Anonymous New Yvy, at September 12, 2005 11:24 PM  

  • shopping is only fun when you have the money.. football not as expensive.. heheh..

    By Anonymous Aku, at September 13, 2005 12:03 PM  

  • Bawang Merah: well said!

    Kucing: Yes, I love my balls. Don't you love yours too?

    By Blogger xaph, at September 13, 2005 12:22 PM  

  • Tiger woods: Welcome, fellow erudite feline. Which forum did you learn about my blog from?

    By Blogger Kucing Gatal, at September 14, 2005 4:59 PM  

  • Balls are good,
    Balls are great,
    Personally I don't watch sport
    I prefer to mate!

    By Anonymous ShaolinTiger, at September 16, 2005 7:42 PM  

  • Kucing: Wow, not one, not two, but THREE learned felines in the same forum. Cunning. (Tiger Woods, Kucing Gatal, and ShaolinTiger)

    Shaolintiger: Woo. The tiger, he cometh.

    By Blogger xaph, at September 17, 2005 11:00 AM  

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