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Unhealthy Obsession

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At some point in the past decade, America’s love of professional sports became an unhealthy obsession. Led by mind-boggling revenue deals garnered by the NFL and other major sports leagues, including the NCAA, U.S. culture came to elevate and glamorize sports to an unprecedented degree.

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With pro football now televised Thursday, Sunday and Monday nights, the NFL will bring in $5 billion per year from TV alone through 2022. The NCAA garnered $1.5 billion for March Madness in 2013. Next season, the NBA must spend $57 million in salary per team.

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Sports pages lionize athletes with language previously reserved for the most esteemed members of our society. Football players are “warriors,” basketball stars are “godlike” and baseball jocks are “super men.”

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Alex Alben
Seattle Times

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A poet is the strangest sort of soul
You in this life may e'er expect to meet
More broken even while more truly whole,
Innocently intending well, more sweet

Than any but a five year old should be
Unfit to meet a callused world's demand
Or to behave aught expediently
All grace in flight; an albatross on land

Do not the all too common error make
Do not fall into the too easy trap
Avoid the fatal egoic mistake
Imagining that poet be a sap

Powerful spirits classic and antique
Give voice when poets ope their mouths to speak

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