Originally posted on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 6/21/12
I remember hiding under the covers and listening to the Angels on a hand-held transistor radio while I was supposed to be asleep.  The lights were out and the volume was down and that radio was very close to my ear.  My dad was in the next room, his den, almost always listening to the game just as I was.  Once in a while he’d walk over to my room, open the door and say, “we should have been there to see that play,” or “we might actually win this game.” There are many explanations for why people follow professional sports teams, everything from suppressed survival drives (including sex) to a desire to be accepted into social circles.  To me it’s nice to have something outside of myself that gives a buffer to my personal angst.  Sometimes it’s easier to experience ups and down at a distance.  The teams and the players allow for a release of energy that goes safely aside, but parallel to my life. Whatever. The season is more real to the players.  One hundred sixty two games spread o...
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