Religion of Sports


ON THE FANS THAT LOVES THEM. IT’S CALLED RELIGION OF SPORTS. AND THE CREATOR IS GIVING US AN INSIDER LOOK. YOU MIGHT UNDERSTAND NOW WHY I AM HERE AS WELL. JOINING US LIVE ON GOOD DAY SACRAMENTO THIS MORNING, YOU PROBABLY CAN’T SEE ME, BUT I HAVE A BRONCOS HOODIE AND CUP. I’M CELEBRATING A BIG WIN. I WAS SAYING TO THE LADIES, WHY AM I LIKE THIS? SPORTS RULES MY LIFE ON THE WEEKEND. YOU’RE SAYING I AM NOT ALONE. YOU ARE DEFINITELY NOT ALONE. I HAVE BEEN ALERTED I AM SPEAKING TO A BRONCOS FAN AND SEAHAWKS FAN, SO I’M A DIE HARD PATRIOTS FAN. OH! I’LL TRY TO KEEP THE GLOATING TO A MINIMUM. RIGHT. I BELIEVE IN DELIVERANCE, AND SO I EXPECT IT TO COME BACK AROUND. YOU GUYS ALREADY KNOW, LIKE WHY DO WE BECOME A PART OF SOMETHING GREATER THAN THAN OURSELVES AND WHY DO WE BUY INTO THESE THINGS WE KNOW DESPITE WEARING OUR JERSEYS AND THE STRANGE RITUALS AND SUPERSTITIONS WE OBSERVE THAT WE HAVE VERY LITTLE, IF ANY, CONTROL OVER THE OUTCOME AND YET WE STILL BELIEVE AND THAT’S REALLY WHAT THIS SERIES EXPLORES. WE MAKE DEALS WITH THE DEVIL. WHEN YOU’RE WATCHING A GAME, PLEASE, IF YOU LET THEM WIN, I PROMISE I’LL NEVER, YOU KNOW, FILL IN THE BLANK. IS THIS MORE OF A MODERN DAY REACTION TO SPORTS TEAMS? HOW FAR BACK DOES THIS KIND OF OBSESSION GO? YOU KNOW, IT GOES BACK AS FAR AS HUMAN CIVILIZEZATION GOES BACK. SPORTS PROVIDES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME PART OF SOMETHING GREATER THAN OURSELVES. WE GO ON THESE PILGRIMAGES TO THESE PLACES AND THEY GIVE US A SENSE OF BELONGING AND COMMUNITY. THESE CURSES THAT WE’RE A PART OF IT, ET CETERA, WE ALL SAW IT WITH THE CUBS. I MEAN, THEY SAID WHEN THE CUBS WON THE PARADE THEY HAD IN DOWNTOWN CHICAGO WAS THE SEVENTH OR EIGHTH LARGEST HUMAN GATHERING IN THE HISTORY OF HUMAN CIVILIZATION. IT’S A BETTER RELIGION, BECAUSE IT DOESN’T REQUIRE DOGMA OR FAITH. IT REQUIRES ATTENDANCE. YOU ENJOY THOSE COUPLE OF HOURS ON A SUNDAY. SO MANY HOURS OF FOOTBALL AND ALL DIFFERENT KINDS OF SPORTS. WE HAVE SEEN SOME REALLY UNIQUE I GUESS SHOWS OF DEVOTION. OUR SACRAMENTO KINGS, WE’VE SEEN PEOPLE GET TATTOOS OF THEIR FAVORITE TEAMS. CODY, ONE OF OUR ANCHORS ON THE SHOW, A FEW YEARS AGO HE SAVED? HE WAXED. HAD THE HORSESHOE FOR THE COLTS. WAXED INTO HIS CHEST. MAYBE THE QUESTION SHOULD BE, IS THERE A DOWN SIDE? ARE WE TAKING IT TOO FAR? LOOK, I MEAN, LIKE TRADITIONAL RELIGION, THERE ARE SCANDALS, THERE ARE DARK SIDES TO SPORTS, AND YES, TO BECOME OBSESSIVE OR ADDICTED TO ANYTHING IS DANGEROUS. BUT I WOULD SAY BY AND LARGE THE BENEFITS LIKE RELIGION OUTWEIGH THE COSTS BECAUSE I THINK PEOPLE GET A SENSE OF MEANING AND PURPOSE AND SIGNIFICANCE. IT’S NOT ONLY THESE BIG PROFESSIONAL SPORTS WE’RE TALKING ABOUT, IT’S AT THE LOCAL LEVEL. IT’S AT THE COMMUNITY LEVEL. ANYBODY WHO IS A PARENT REALIZES, YOU KNOW, THEIR KIDS AREN’T NECESSARILY GOING PERFORM AT, AREN’T NECESSARILY GOING TO MAKE THE MAJOR LEAGUES AND YET THE THINGS THAT THEY LEARN BY BEING PART OF A TEAM, THE DISCIPLINE, ALL OF THAT, THERE’S A GREAT VALUE TO SPORTS. AND SO I THINK THIS ISN’T REALLY TO ME ISN’T A METAPHOR, AL GORERY. IF YOU’RE A FAN, YOU GET THAT. THANK YOU FOR BEING ON GOOD DAY. NO HARD FEELINGS AFTER YESTERDAY’S GAME WITH THE PATRIOTS AND SEAHAWKS? ARE WE FRIENDS? I’M PRACTICING GRACE. OOP. WE ARE, TOO, BY SPEAKING WITH A PATRIOTS’ FAN, I HAVE YOU KNOW. IT’S VERY HARD FOR ME. THANK YOU. THANKS FOR BEING ON GOOD DAY TODAY, WATCHING THAT ON DIRECTV. COOL IDEA. AWESOME. I LOOKED UP THE DEFINITION OF RELIGION TO SEE, IS IT REALLY A RELIGION. BUT IT TALKS ABOUT THE FEELING OF LIKE A SUPER NATURAL POWER OR EVEN A SUPER, KIND OF A SUPER HUMAN BEING. INTERESTING. LIKE RUSSELL WILSON, PEOPLE LIKE THAT. THESE PEOPLE YOU LOOK AND HOW DO THEY DO THIS? THE POWER TO BRING A COMMUNITY TOGETHER, ESPECIALLY IN DIVIDED TIMES. IT’S INTERESTING. I KNOW. WOULD BE GREAT IF EVERYBODY, TO SEE BOTH SIDES AT THE END OF THE GAME WALK AWAY AND BE COOL. I THINK THAT’S THE MOST IMPRESSIVE.

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