Basically, religion gives us a reason to believe in something, that our life is meant to be or do something, or gives guidance in a way to live our lives in what/how/why we think and do
and central to it is basically faith.
Logic, although it makes sense to us, is still flawed, because we don't know everything. Even science is basically a religion in the sense that you have faith in that what it says makes sense.
So if I can stop being so deep, I'll conclude that faith can mean anything/everything you want it to be.
Here's why I think sports is my religion:
Most everything about sports is pointless and stupid. That we get emotional about people we will never meet who play a game for a living is stupid. That we live and die with the fortunes of teams, whose chief aim is to take our money in exchange for letting us be their supporters, is stupid. That government places sports above the needs of its citizens is stupid. That we care about players’ personal lives is stupid.That supposed professionals can dedicate their careers to saying deliberately trite and lazy things about sports in print and broadcast and call it a respectable – and sometimes lucrative – living is fucking stupid. That the blogosphere exists in large part only to point out just how trite and lazy the things that the established media says about sports is stupid.None of it matters. Spent energy that could be better utilized elsewhere. None of it will change the course of civilization in any meaningful way, other than maybe some of our cities will be reduced to rubble in a post-championship riot. Stupid piled high on stupid, like it were double meat on a Subway club, which is a stupid simile.
Now, I'm not exactly sure that lines up with my previous argument, but let's ignore that.
That is quoted material, by the way, from http://kissingsuzykolber.uproxx.com/2011/07/so-gentlemen-lets-discuss-the-prospect-of-ending-the-lockout-tonight.html about the near-end of the 2011 NFL lockout.
I guess my thought basically is....yep, that's true...sports is a drain on society and a big waste of money because it's not really an efficient distribution of....almost anything.
Think about it. We can give money to poor people better, we can spend taxpayer money on better things, we can buy better things, we can use resources better....
As much of a "hero" Steve Yzerman is, there are better and more effective ways to find a "hero." My father has done more for me than Steve Yzerman ever could.
We have better human achievements to celebrate and revere, even in competitive ways.
...but it doesn't matter. Even though every religion before modern times has seemed like bullshit because we've seen their flaws, and even though future eras will see us and think we were really stupid....same with sports. It might be stupid, but dammit, I give it my time/money/attention/life anyway.
Where's my Catcher In the Rye/Jerry Macguire moment?