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Old 05-21-2019, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Chronos View Post
It is just a game, which is why it's so absurd that there's such a huge industry built up around it.
Seems like I've seen quite a few threads lately where I strongly agreed with the first response.

I cannot understand why so many people put so much of their emptions into the hands of sports organizations, and why our society promotes it so strongly (public schools, media coverage, etc.) Likely goes back to the Romans and before. Distract the masses. Provide an artificial basis for a feeling of unity...

I often think back to a Parker novel, where the protagonist stops in a bar where a few daytime drinkers are watching a game. As Parker put it, "Interested in OTHER PEOPLE'S successes and failures." (paraphrased from memory)
I used to be disgusted.
Now I try to be amused.