Actually kind of glad this floated back to the surface while I was browsing.
To answer the original inquiry, yeah I’d play a sports game. I watch a lot of different sports (football, NFL, NBA, some tennis etc) if not a lot of a single sport.
I think in any of those and more besides there’s a story to be told, willpower, self discipline, camaraderie, all that good stuff. I don’t think though that it necessarily needs to come at the expense of the game itself, even in a team game like basketball there’s decisions that need to be made by individuals, whether they play their role or maybe try to adjust their game for whatever reason and all of them have potential off court consequences if your team perhaps don’t feel you’re holding your end up.
I could go for anything in those first three examples, though to be totally honest I’d love to see a killer narrative centred around basketball if only to put that Spike Lee joint in NBA2K16 to shame.