Sports fans are less prone to depression than non-fans, according to new research. In order to read about it at the New York Times, though, you have to make it through this opening paragraph:
You probably think rabid sports fans are a bunch of lonely, disoriented souls who try to fill the holes in their lives by attaching themselves to a team. And you’re probably wrong.
Sometimes I wonder why the New York Times -- covering one of the most vibrant sports markets in the world -- is so bad at sports writing. Perhaps the disdain for us "rabid" sports fans is part of the reason. More than that, actually, it's that these writers apparently are surrounded by so many like-minded folks that this allegation -- and its bold claim regarding probability -- went straight from the keyboard to the printing press without giving anyone pause. So, so weird.