City Pride and Sports Success
The Detroit Tigers are going to the World Series. This is great not only for baseball fans, but for the city of Detroit as well. The effects of this will be similar to the positive effects that the Super Bowl had on Detroit and our image. But I argue that this is actually better because the fact that it is our own team having this success builds on pride within the city. For whatever reason, people are just plain happier in a city when their local teams are doing well. I’ve noticed this here in Seattle as well.
The question is, why? Sports are a thing we (non-professional athletes) can do notching about, but that many care about very, very passionately. I think there are a few major reasons:
1. It always makes the city look more attractive and fun
2. It allows people to live in fantasy land for the duration of the game(s) and forget about real life
3. It gives you something to brag to people outside of your city about
Are there other reasons? Is this actually a bad phenomenon?