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Going by the numbers, being a sports fan
makes no sense. Only one team a year
wins a championship. Every other team's
fans end up to some degree unsatisfied.
The further you go, the more painful the
loss. The Black Hawks won the Stanley
Cup after 49 years of struggle, and it was
the Flyer's who felt like a team of destiny
whose fans suffered the most.
The amount of suffering sports affords its
fans is much greater than the joy. So why
do we think sports spectatorship is worth it?
Desmond Morris believes that sports takes
care of our hunter - gathering instincts in
a society where we're cut off from the
primitive expression of these instincts.
The jolts winning and losing give the fan
also seem related to the urge to gamble with
its uncertain rewards system, the excitement
of which for some becomes highly addictive.
Sport fans become addicted too, but to the
excitement in other people's lives, not their
own winnings and losings.
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