Generally, I Love Thee
Merry Christmas. The holiday spirit replaced my brain with a plutonium yam, hence the less-than-careful tone of this Marxist plank. In the spirit of the oncoming New Year and the academic thingy I really should be working on, I'd like to present to you a slightly amended version of this same argument. And no, I have no plan to slow this pace until I have something better to do.
I have peculiar reasons for liking basketall. While I don't think these necessarily translate well into universal terms, they are a function of each and every sport's uniqueness. I am not wholly averse to fans of multiple leagues—hell, even I watch football until the NBA awakens—but am suspicious of any attempt to conflate all professional athletes as one. We see this will dramatically not being done with regard to fighting in the major sports, and yet it's an absolute staple of brain-empty fandom. Certainly there are many Americans capable of appreciating a multitude of organized competitions, some of whom might not even have their own blogs. I would submit, however, that those who don't do so with any subtlety are engaged in a wholly narcissitic exercise, often driven by nothing more than territorial loyalty.
Most athletes are fans of sports other than their own. But to give one's very soul over to a game requires a higher degree of identification, which is exactly the exchange I sought to map out in the offendng post. Ironically, it is the leisurely American pursuit of every after-school league that reinforces the brainless omni-sport consumer. Just as all sports were/are pastimes he/she undertook in the pursuit of fitness and ego, so their professional manifestations are performative wars for his Sunday well-being. This is not unlike the shallowness that dogs the careers of the few true multi-sport pros, as opposed to the single-minded devotion we see in players who have emphatically chosen one sport over another.
So I apologize if anyone believe I was forbidding them their baseball. That was never my intention, and I applaud all humans gracious enough to find the true value in all things.