Why do we love sports?

What's the fascination with sports anyway? Why does it capture our attention like there's no tomorrow? You might have read about the following reasons:

- They give us a sense of belonging 
- We can provide predictions based on limited data and test them right away (no, I am not talking about gambling here)
- They are a test of human spirit and character
- The journey is emotional - full of excitement, anxiety, joy, anger, disbelief ... 

I tend to think there is more... all of the above is much like our real lives, with one crucial difference - the game comes to a logical and physical end. Nothing's hidden - a clear winner emerges (most of the times) for clear reasons. Once the game is over, its over. The decisions taken on field have been proven right or wrong. That is not going to change. That's not the case in real life. Decisions that appear to be right today can be proven wrong years later (or vice-versa). 

"I guess the product wasn't as good as it sounded initially"
"I thought I got this mattress at a good price, but turns out I payed too much for it!"
"My decision was based on the data I had a month back, but now it looks like I made a mess of it"
... that doesn't happen in sports. 

Not many years ago, Greenspan was worshiped like a hero. That opinion took a downturn along with the markets in 2008. That doesn't happen in sports. A winner stays a winner. A mistake stays a mistake. All the knowledge, memory and emotion is almost like what we experience everyday, and it is permanent. That is what makes it special. 

What do you think?


Update: My heart is broken. A childhood hero has retired and I don't care if it was the right moment. People from my generation have to learn to focus on other things and find other things to follow.