Five Fictional Ladies and the Sports They Love
Let’s not pretend the estimable Miss Elizabeth Bennet wouldn’t be a sports fan. She gallivants all over the countryside alone; she mocks men with more money than a Russian oligarch, and she makes Caroline Bingley verbally faceplant at least once a conversation. Her game? Baseball. It’s cerebral, summery and has just enough time between action to trade witticisms. Besides, I can see Elizabeth indulging her penchant for reading by keeping score of the game. She’s smart enough to want a well-played game but not so much of an underdog to root for a perennial loser. Her team is the Oakland A’s.
When she’s not mothering dragons and destroying everything, Daenerys probably enjoys a nice game of basketball. Yes, really, basketball. Hockey and football were early considerations, but the ice and fire discrepancy eliminated one, while danger of her babies eating the players after a particularly vicious hit makes the gridiron a less-than-optimal place. Dynamic, fun, energetic and most importantly, enclosed, basketball provides a thrill while safely drowning out the screams of living dragon food from outside the arena. Since she prefers warmth and needs a constant stream of people she won’t feel bad about killing, she’s obviously a Laker fan.
This Princess of Pride Rock seems too busy to watch a game (besides being non-human). She’s hunting, saving Simba, leading the other lionesses and getting her licks in (of both water and hyenas). But that’s precisely why she likes the once a week event of football. You can just imagine her twisting her feline body in time with running backs and wide receivers as they make plays and trying to eat Timon (just playful snapping!) when he suggests a different defensive alignment for her favorite team (Green Bay). It’s brutal, intense and energetic, and it has enough commercial breaks for her to go kill an antelope before the two minute warning.
So you’ve betrayed your brother, invaded the impenetrable city, successfully defeated the Avatar (for the moment) and become Fire Lord! Now how do you spend your precious days? Sure, luring especially annoying/dumb advisors into Agni Kai tournaments for your amusement sounds like a good idea, but even that can become tedious. I suspect that Azula tunes into the Champions League in her free time. Non-stop action means that nothing is wasted; the physical prowess is exemplary, and the flopping gives her a good list of people to abuse and/or execute in the coming weeks! Her team is obviously the Fire Nation national team. In the absence of their play, Real Madrid.
We already know that Eliza is a tremendous fan of racing from her perfectly acceptable debut at Ascot, but in the modern era, would she still be stuck at the track? My guess: hockey. She certainly doesn’t mind the cold (after the game gives her an opportunity to warm up in her favorite chair) and she’s too rough and tumble to accept any sport without contact. The constant movement also keeps her either cursing a string or is too quick for her say anything especially crass. She always goes to Detroit Red Wings games with Freddy, who always sits, vaguely confused, holding her purse.