Breaking news: men play sports more than women.
Follow the link for James Taranto's magisterial mockery of the psychotocracy's leftish myopia regarding gender tendencies, a very useful service indeed. Come back here, however; I'd like to make a tangential point.
The article notes that, although women exercise more or less as much as men, men are drawn to competitive sports. Why? What's so great about competition?
It's the consequences. For example, conservative sages ranging from H.L. Mencken to Ed Koch to Rob Long are on record taking a certain delight in suffering unambiguous defeats because of their clarifying effect. (The people want the other side, and shall have it. Good. And. Hard.) Or consider the idea contained in the phrase "moral hazard", which is heard on the lips of Richard Epstein but much less (I suspect) from anyone on the left.
Isn't this craving for consistent, predictable consequences a distinctly conservative trait?