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Taking Sports Away from Men Is a Dangerous Idea

Robert Dimuro

Posted on July 19, 2020 16:45

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Sports are the opium of American men.

We have seen many detrimental effects of the arbitrary and needless lockdowns that have plagued America. Among the worst of them have been the cancellations or suspensions of professional sports. It all started with Adam Silver's decision to suspend the NBA season on March 11. Naturally, of course, all the other leagues followed suit. Only recently have plans been made to resume regular seasons or begin postseasons for our professional team sports.

I'm not as optimistic as many sports fans are about the return of sports to America's major metropolitan areas. As we've seen with the reopening efforts of many cities and states, the hysteria over COVID-19 hasn't subsided, as the specter of another outbreak has already convinced Governor Newsom to shut down restaurants and other indoor businesses again.

As I wrote last week, if we don't accept that the virus is here to stay and act as rational adults who can make their own risk assessments about participating in the economy, we will witness our society descend into a 21st century equivalent of the Dark Ages.

Nothing would bring about this calamity more than the fear of the consequences of allowing professional sports to resume. Sports are not only a major part of our economy but also integral to our culture. Entire cities are often centered around their sports teams, as sports bring about a sense of community on a scale far greater than that of any other activity or venue. Whether at the stadium, a bar, or someone's barbecue, most men are wired to bond with each other and compete against each other in the form of sports.

Throughout history, this natural inclination was satiated by war. Constant warfare was a fact of life for most populations throughout most of human history. Furthermore, for large male populations that didn't find themselves at the service of their Lord or emperor in battle, they either toiled on farms or sought state-sponsored entertainment. This is the significance of the phrase "bread and circuses." A well-fed and well-entertained populous stands less of a chance of revolting and wreaking havoc on civilization.

Today is no different, as we see a young, restless male population itching for a cause. Society benefits when this fervor is channeled into our major sports. Conversely, society suffers when it's channeled into political and ideological disagreements that are rooted in the fabric of each person's identity and their relative status within society, as we're watching unfold with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Indeed, the plans to resume sports are so fragile that they could be blown away by a single exhalation of COVID-19. At this point, can anyone imagine NFL players huddling up to call a play or colliding into each other on the line of scrimmage? Do we really expect that professional sports can survive with no fans in attendance?

For the sake of America, I sure hope the answer to these questions is "yes," but I suspect the answer will be "no."

Robert Dimuro

Posted on July 19, 2020 16:45

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