No I am not being a smart ass. Like I said I watch Aussie teams play in sports that I am only vaguely interested in. I wouldn’t watch club rugby but I am watching Australia play Scotland. I watch Australia play hockey but I have never watched it at a lower level.
I don’t think American sport fans realize how much international sport other nations enjoy. Every cricket playing nation plays a series at home and one overseas every year. Same in rugby. And rugby league. And various soccer competitions. And other sports.
Our best loved performers are those who have turned it on against other nations. And the same is true for Indians, Pakistanis, Sri Lankans, West Indians, South Africans, most of Asia and Europe.
I guess it’s a question of what you are used to but with my background I would hate the idea of never seeing the best players play against other nations. Although AFL fans in Australia don’t seem to mind that no-one else plays their sport at any proper level.
Surely it would be fun to watch the US play other countries every year home and away at football, basketball, baseball and ice hockey. Assuming of course that there was effective opposition. And that is the question I was asking - do you miss the fact that you have so little international competition because you basically have no effective opposition in your most popular sports.