Spectator the Agony of Victory

One of the reasons why I don't get excited about sports is the same reason why so many Americans get really excited about sports: each game or match ends unequivocally, always with a clear winner and loser. Almost nothing else is so simple and stark, and indeed as the consequential sectors of life become more and more untidy in this post-cold war, confused-sexual-etiquette age, obsessing over sports scores becomes for many people a tempting refuge. Fifty- nine to 36, 125 to 119, 5 to 2, 4 to 0; scores are all so obvious and pure -- too damned obvious and pure...

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