The Super Bowl wins are long in the past. The new stadium in the suburbs, built and altered and altered again to maximize revenue, has plenty of empty seats. The loyalty of NFL fans in Washington, DC, has been worn by losing seasons and a mercenary team owner.
Brett L. Abrams
Death, Sport, and the Collapse of Critical Distance
The death of cricketer Phillip Hughes brought an outpouring of grief in Australia. For Brett Hutchins – a scholar, a fan and former player, and the father of a cricketer – the tragedy has pierced all the ways he used to think of sport.
"In the context of sportsmen's lives, their spells at the very peak will be short. Yet even as we acknowledge how brief and fleeting is our acquaintance, we lean to defining a sportsman with emphasis on the sport to the exclusion of the man, perhaps because we wish chiefly to admire rather than to understand."