Shadow Universe

Six essays on the relationship between sport and its fans

Foreword

The Sports Team in My Area is better than the Sports Team in Your Area
An examination of why fans follow their hometown teams

It’s too bad that one of these teams has to win
If sports are zero-sum games, do the results mean anything?

Miracles happen every year
A discourse on consistent statistical patterns

I am Tiger Woods
How sports are like other forms of entertainment and why fans get hooked on them

Release
Sports as a socialization and socializing mechanism

Shadow Universe
What competition teaches us about life