A difficult subject
In the last few days, I have encountered three variants on this approach:
The predictable: From a Palace fan, 'Wyn's not very happy because his team is going down.'
The ignorant: From someone with no interest in football, 'How is your team doing these days?'
The surprising: A nice young friend of mine has always made it clear that she regards Charlton as a down market club and my interest in it as hopelessly retro. Her response this week was not to raise the subject and just give me a hug.
Not hard to say which approach I prefer.