November 30, 2015

Football: The game of empire

Sam Smith - Back in the 1970s I noted how the game of football was replacing baseball as America's favorite sport in sync with the rise of the nation's imperialism: "Our autumnal orgy of orchestrated injury, our paean to triumph at any cost, the pageant of American Darwinism."

Vox recently pointed to a Gallup report that has tracked this matter for decades, and it notes that football replaced baseball as our favorite sport sometime in the 1970s. In 1960 34% listed baseball as their favorite, by 1980 it was down to 16%.  

Incidentally, Vox also notes what actually goes on at a football game:

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