February 28, 2008

Make more sense now?

It is foolish and childish, on the face of it, to affiliate ourselves with anything so insignificant and patently contrived and commercially exploitive as a professional sports team, and the amused superiority and icy scorn that the non-fan directs at the sports nut (I know this look -- I know it by heart) is understandable and almost unanswerable. Almost. What is left out of this calculation, it seems to me, is the business of caring -- caring deeply and passionately, really caring -- which is a capacity or an emotion that has almost gone out of our lives. And so it seems possible that we have come to a time when it no longer matters so much what the caring is about, how frail or foolish is the object of that concern, as long as the feeling itself can be saved. Naivete -- the infantile and ignoble joy that sends a grown man or woman to dancing and shouting with joy in the middle of the night over the haphazardous flight of a distant ball -- seems a small price to pay for such a gift.


I feel for Sonics fans. If the Jazz were to leave SLC, there is a really good chance that I would have a complete mental breakdown and go into a deep deep depression.


Alphawolf said...

At least Seattle doesn't have to go through what Baltimore suffered when the Colts jumped ship overnight.

UtesFan89 said...

If the Jazz left down, I might have to cry myself to sleep every night. And the depression... that would be the first thing that happened to me.

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