I love sports because as a fan, even though I have no direct involvement, I still feel I’m part of the game and get to experience the full spectrum of emotions. In a 2010 article about the soccer world cup, Bill Simmons shared a perfect example of the emotions of fandom.
“I hate how teams milk leads in the last 15-20 minutes by faking injuries and taking forever to sub players. When that Ghana player had to be carried off on a stretcher at the tail end of the America game, then hopped off like nothing ever happened as soon as the stretcher was out of bounds, I thought that was appalling. Actually, it made me want to go to war with Ghana. I wanted to invade them. I’m not even kidding. That’s another great thing about the World Cup: Name another sport in which you genuinely want to invade other countries when you lose.”