Wedge: Hemingway's stories were almost exclusively about sports - boxing, bullfighting, fishing, hunting, baseball. The reason Steve Waugh doesn't get a Nobel prize is BECAUSE he winds up in the bargain bin in six weeks. You're in a forum devoted to discussing films that are over 20 years old and you're saying sports create more community togetherness and social spirit? When was the last time a sports forum had a social get together - without the crutch of a sporting event? Sports don't create social spirit and togetherness. They create wars. That's what sports are - ritualised war. Not that I'm knocking it - better running around after a ball than shooting each other. But when people go out in the streets and cheer, they don't do it because they love the sport, they do it because they have beaten the other team. There's an old saying, "Nothing brings people together like a common enemy." That's what sport is about. They're not out in the streets saying, "I love football, and I'm proud to show it! I love the 500m hurdles, and I'm proud to show it!" They're out there saying, "Our team is the best! HA HA!" And then they forget about it until the next time their team (or country) is in the final. Look at the soccer. Same thing happened there. No one cares about soccer, but when we get a shot at getting into the world cup, people start cheering - not because they love soccer, but because they want to see them wipe out the other team. We lose, people forget about soccer. How many people are in a forum talking about the olympics held in the 1970s? Or a football match in the 1970s? You want to impress someone on a date - what do you do? Take them to a movie, or take them to a football game? Sure, some people might pick the football game, but the majority of folks go see a movie, or a play, or a band, or whatever. And if a guy wants to bore a girl to death, he's more likely to do it if he talks about sports than movies or books.