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projection of the week

October 15th, 2003 (07:13 pm)

one on one social time with sane people (for merengue-filled and copper-tinged values of sane): good
waiting for Steve to call me / sms me: gaaaaaaaaah! He's so flaky his antibodies would reject a selsun blue iv.
being on shift now: aaaaaarrrrgh sports fans! (do you really have *that* much emotionally invested in this game and why?)


Posted by: Pixelated Cat (voxel)
Posted at: October 15th, 2003 04:49 pm (UTC)
Sports fans

They really are. You could do psychological analyses, sociological studies, or whatever you want, but yes, they really do have that much emotionally invested in the game.

Why? There are numerous reasons, but a lot of it, I think has to do with some identification/association/attachment with the particular team. Explaining emotional attachments and why they occur is a difficult, and peril-fraught process which I will avoid doing.

Posted by: Just Another Idiot (tiurin)
Posted at: October 15th, 2003 05:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Sports fans

It's the same emotional roller coaster which some people get from slasher flicks or soap operas.

Posted by: mark (prgrmr)
Posted at: October 15th, 2003 04:54 pm (UTC)

Herd mentality

(...he writes, listen to the game on the tv in the background...)

Posted by: ξενική μὲν, χρησίμη δὲ (tla)
Posted at: October 15th, 2003 05:34 pm (UTC)

Well, I'm getting unduly caught up in the game, and I'm not a sports fan. I can only imagine how actual sports fans feel.

Posted by: funner'n a sack a weasels (moominmolly)
Posted at: October 15th, 2003 06:15 pm (UTC)

When the Tour de France was on, I had an emotional investment in how Tyler Hamilton was doing, and how Lance Armstrong and the USPS gang fared. I don't know why, I just did. Pride, attachment, identification, admiration, wish-fulfillment? Something like that.

There will always be something admirable about the athlete or team that comes out on top: it's easy to admire the achievement. But there's also something compelling about following a single player or team, since you get to follow their struggle and their rise to the top, rather than just their position there.

Posted by: the coproduct of doom (oonh)
Posted at: October 15th, 2003 06:26 pm (UTC)

I agree, however, my cow orkers were acting liked deranged fanmonkeys (jumping up and down, screaming, etc.), and I was very put off by it. When I say 'sports fans' I mean 'sports fans bouncing about like deranged fanmonkeys'.

Posted by: Just Another Idiot (tiurin)
Posted at: October 15th, 2003 07:28 pm (UTC)

And that's perhaps why Adam Hyzdu is my favorite baseball player.

And he's the only one I've ever called up on the phone.

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