Most social scientists who study the psychology of sports fans would say that it has to do with the NFL fan identifying with the team so strongly that the outcome of the game has emotional and even physiological consequences for the fan.
The news media has been hard at work tracking down the handful of protesters and others who did or even wrote something violent in order to stereotype the entire Black Lives Matter movement as violent. And when there isn't something, the news media has resorted to doctoring footage.
We're approaching the end of August, and, like every year, that means the MLB season is starting to get interesting. Teams are jostling in the standings for playoff positions, and both the drama, and calibre of baseball is starting to increase.
With football season nearly here and Major League Baseball approaching the dog days of summer, it's the perfect time to consider the overall importance of sports and what they mean to a city. What makes a city primed for sports relevancy?
I drank Rolling Rock beer and ate chicken wings, and I yelled at the TV to make sure the Huskies players knew what they were supposed to do. Without my advice and directions, those kids would have been completely lost out there.
This whole Sherman story got me thinking about if such a thing as a non-obnoxious sports fan can really exist and I'm beginning to think the answer is no. This binary, black-or-white mentality of being a sports fan makes us all quite repellent.
His startup company, TheAudible.net, is a website designed to encourage high school sports fans to exchange and engage with one another, essentially turning the readers, viewers and users into participating sports journalists.
These days, fans are streaming into stadiums armed with smart phones and tablets and an avalanche of downloaded apps. They want full immersion in the game, the players, the league.... and they want to share it all with their friends in real-time.
My suggestion to you, dear readers, is to become loud, outrageous superfans of equality. You'll abet the participating Olympic athletes in feeling more empowered and supported, and you'll have the chance to show an audience of over 200 million people the importance of tolerance.