Will We Still Go Out To The Game?

We won't need to, once we can experience every bone-crunching tackle and Mike Tyson uppercut at home

Asking a die-hard sports spectator to predict how we will spectate in the future can cause terrible cognitive dissonance. The sports fan is not oriented toward the future; he is the retrospective creature par excellence. He travels forward with his eyes glued to the rearview mirror. His preferred modes of spectating are historical--the highlight reel; the classic NFL film with its sonorous, Homeric narration; and, most perfectly, the instant replay, which, of course, instantly historicizes the present.

Obviously, the essential need to spectate will endure into the distant future. We can't talk sports unless we watch sports. And talk we must....

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