This is for Brother Bourbon:
But why are so many stories about sports and religion so shallow? The fact is that sports have superseded religion in most areas as the dominant means for communal interaction. Athletes are much more popular than saints or religious figures. Team colors are donned much more fervently than liturgical colors. Sports arenas are viewed by many as places for worship and devotion â€” and, sometimes, as sanctuaries â€” more than cathedrals are. Fans may spend more time tracking their fantasy stats than they do studying religious texts. And thereâ€™s little question that religious feast days are being displaced by more important days (Superbowl Sunday comes to mind).
These are all aspects of an interesting sociological phenomenon. So when Major League Baseball contracts with a company to use team logos on urns and caskets, I wonder if Reutersâ€™ reporter might get a comment or two from folks who could provide perspective.
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