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Why Do Americans Prefer Sports to Politics?

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Washington, DC, USA; A fan waves a Washington Capitals waves a flag during the Stanley Cup championship parade and celebration. Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

During a visit to Washington DC in June, I saw an estimated 200,000 revelers in the street to celebrate what some called “the greatest day of my life.” The cause for jubilation wasn’t some political victory; it was the clinching game that enabled the Washington Capitals to win hockey’s Stanley Cup.

Why do more people get excited about sports than they do about politics? In part, because athletic competitions maintain clear rules of play, enforced by professional umpires, while politics has increasingly adopted the idea of “anything goes.”

No one questions the essential decency of an opposing sports team, but politicians go obsessively on the attack to accuse opponents of bad intentions and total corruption.

No wonder we tend to look on politicians as crooks and clowns, while enthusiastically embracing our athletes as “heroes”.

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