Why Sports Are a Sad and Dangerous Waste of Time
Jim Cummings
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I don’t understand the point of this piece. I think (and in fact, it may be more accurate to say, “I’m guessing”) that you’re aiming for an analysis of sports fandom, which I will concede is a pretty funny and unique anomaly within society. But I fail to see how literally directing people who enjoy being sportsfans to find something else to do with their time is anything more than another way to throw stones from the glass house of your own perspective at another that you admit yourself you don’t understand. If I want to rise and fall, live and die with the Blue Jays or the Mariners (which I do), what skin is that off your hide?

I would also argue strongly against your point (to pick just one of many) that “sports fandom persists because it provides instant gratification and the men that propagate it are notoriously unapproachable.” Firstly, men are not the only sports fans. Maybe you meant to say “people”, and let’s say for the purposes of this analysis you did. I would argue for any number of other reasons for sports fandom existing. Sports fandom provides an instant and relatively universal bonding platform for men and women alike. Sports fandom stimulates release of endorphins, testosterone, and dopamine when teams are winning.

Lumping all sports fans into one pile with strategic pictures of large frat bros and talking only about specific aggressive sports is misleading and uninformative at the least, and offensive at the worst.

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