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Why we love sports

Posted at 11:22 AM on May 29, 2009 by Chris Dall

As one of the producers of MPR's Midmorning Program, I don't often get a chance to book shows about sports, unless it's a discussion on the steroids issue. So fill-in host John Moe and I, both big sports fans, thought it would be fun to have a discussion about the nature of being a sports fan. The main question we wanted to look at was why we care so much about sports and our favorite teams when sports gives us so many reasons not to love it, and when there are so many more important things we could care about.

I grew up loving sports, and I continue to love it, even though the rational part of my brain tells me it's a completely irrational love affair. If the Timberwolves make the playoffs next season, it's not going to make my life any better, and it's not going to solve the world's problems, but it would make me happy. The sports page is still the first section of the paper I read every day. I used to feel embarrassed admitting these things, but not so much anymore. Being a sports fan is part of my life.

You can listen to that discussion here, and read Bob Collins' live blog of the conversation, but I'll also throw the question out to you. Does it make your feel better when the Twins, Vikings, Timberwolves, or whatever team you choose to root for wins? Does it sour your mood when they lose? Is the team you root for part of your identity? Is there anything wrong with that?

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