"The social role of sport is to provide an outlet for intelligent people to behave like brainless people"
... Nothing is achieved outside the game; noone is wiser or can add a benefit to the world beyond the fury of the struggle.*
Here here, Robert Nelson.
Thursday's Age has a review of an exhibition, the Basil Sellers Art prize, where Robert Nelson eloquently describes the function of sport in Western Culture. I'm still trying to find and online reference that I can link to. But he very eloquently describes the middle classes fascination with gladiatorial contests.
I dream of the day when art and sport get equal footing in our media.*Robert Nelson, page 16 the Age 13.08.2008