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Dutch, I completely agree. However, regarding Football, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Fishing, I don't think anyone believes those are of great importance except that laws, wages, wealth imbalance and many other factors have left so many in a miserable place. Therefore a 3 hour period of time where one can escape their misery makes it welcome. Of course a great book or a walk in nature could do the same but a simple people need a loud major distraction so the negative thoughts in their heads shut up for a while.
Tremendous talent exists all over this country. It's a huge battle to get them to chose "your college" because good talent wins. IT AMAZES ME, That these racist people are alright with Young blacks attending because it will bring some sports joy. IT AMAZES ME MORE that young men being offered a free education, medical coverage, etc. Choose to go to Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Oklahoma, or other southern schools where they want you to thrive in football but not enjoy a meal or a piece of pie at the diner.
An escape is what all fans are looking for.