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  1. I just read Cynique's lamenting I also watched the last few minutes of the Knicks win over his royal majesty Lebron James' Miami heat. Spike Lee was in the audience giving birth over the games -- sitting in a seat worth a mortgage payment. The Knick's game was close and kept the injury prone team from breaking their own record 13 straight playoff losses and a 0-7 season spanking by the Heat. But other than those observations the game really meant nothing for me. Sure there were some great shots and moves made, but the game could have been played by two completely different teams and I would have been just as unmoved. I did not care who won or lost -- the only time I do is when I have money on the game. Sometimes I think I would care more if all the Knicks actually came from and lived in New York. But maybe not. The coaches and the players come and go, switching teams so frequently it is hard to become invested an any given team's outcome. I just accept the fact I can never get very worked up over a game that I'm not actually playing in. It also makes me think about all the recent coverage over the idea of getting rid of college athletics. As a former D1 athlete I agree with the idea. I have kids at Syracuse University and Williiam & Mary. SU has a huge arena were ticket prices can exceed $100. W&M has a field that a High School might brag about. Student attend for free and Tickets cost $20. I think, net-net, W&M's system benefits the students/athletes/alumni/university more as it pertains to academic achievement. SU might send more students to the professional ranks. But the numbers are too small to really matter and SU should not be in the business of training professional athletes. The University of Chicago got rid of there football program. Was there any ill effect? What is with our nation's obsession with sports? The obsession is not explained by our concern for fitness or participation because we are a nation of overweight couch potatoes. Is it that our lives are so empty that we live vicariously through the lives of the competitors? Men seem to be effected more than women. I go to pro football games from time to time and it is mostly dudes there. Dudes who talk about the game as if they were actually in it. "We" should have done this or "we" should have done that. Or this was a great win for "us". Some people dedicate entire rooms in their homes to the activity of watching sports. Entire weekends are dedicated to watching games. I know guys who barely graduated from a low performing inner city high school but can speak with great alacrity, depth and insight on why one team is better than another. I don't get it would anyone care to explain?
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