Saturday Iced Mocha #3 — Fandom
Today is one of the rare, regular mocha days for me, although I shouldn’t complain about being cold in Arizona. I encourage you to read previous responses on my Medium page from past musings (Josh’s Medium Page). It’s a manageable amount of commentary and links and I’m sincerely appreciating the discussion and enriching perspectives. I’m excited to be meeting my initial goal of cultivating stronger connections. As promised in the previous musing, this Saturday Iced Mocha is brief and lighter.
It’s a big sports weekend for Wisconsin fans, with the biggest game being the Big 10 Championship football game. Having grown up not far from the Badgers’ stadium, I still carry a strong connection to the Badger football and basketball teams, both teams lost profusely throughout my childhood. I pay even greater attention to the Green Bay Packers, which I think provides an interesting lens into humanity and connection.
Why do I connect with, or maybe a better word is prioritize, the Green Bay Packers? Is it so I can stay connected to my childhood in Wisconsin or have detailed conversations with my Dad, as well as total strangers? When the Packers cut a backup wide receiver earlier this year, it was the last remaining Wisconsin-native on the team. In general, the team is made up of a group of people, that other than for a likely love of sports, and a tie to the state they happen to work in, I share very little in common with (and other than the geography, every other NFL team meets the same criteria). Professional sports captivates many of us and clearly taps into our biology in an incredibly strong way, particularly relative to the importance I think it should rationally carry in my day-to-day life. After the Cubs’ World Series parade and celebration, someone referenced it was the 7th or 8th largest human gathering in history. I googled the top ten attended events in human history. While I can’t speak to the veracity of the information on the link I found, only two of the top ten related to entertainment and I would guess it’s not purely coincidental that only two of the top ten happened in the Americas (link to top ten).
I’ll end this musing with a brief tie in to politics that isn’t very precise, but I think is interesting. Why is that when the Packers are struggling, it’s so easy to blame members of the team, while in politics, entrenched groups have such a hard time looking in the mirror, and are so quick to blame the other “team”? Maybe it’s the ability to keep score and clearer lines of performance, but the lack of critical thinking among the fanbase in the political sphere as compared to the sports world is troubling.
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