You see, they are one of the few things left in our culture that are not totally fragmented. Back in the old days, there were only three or four radio stations to listen to, only three or four TV stations to watch, more people went to church and joined community organizations, and our worlds in general were a lot smaller. Consequently, we had a lot more in common with the people we ran into every day. Chances are, they DID watch the same show you did last night, or they DID hear what that announcer said on the radio this morning. They were at the same church service as you last weekend or the same lodge meeting last night. Those shared experiences are a lot fewer and farther between today. Most things are fragmented. Hundreds of television and music choices are out there, not to mention the vast array of “stuff” that is available on the Internet. However, sports is still relatively compact. There’s one major league in each of the five professional sports of baseball, football, basketball, hockey, and car racing, which is more compact than many other diversions in our world today.
Anything that bring us together, that helps us share our passions and feelings in a positive way, that lets us see each other as pretty much being in the same boat...well, that's a good thing.