Why do so many of us devote so much time to watching sports? And why do
so many others seem immune? On the eve of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Paul Kennedy settles into his seat to watch for an answer.
Participants in the program:Adam Gopnik
, essayist, Massey Lecturer, writer for The New Yorker
, and die-hard fan of the Montreal Canadiens, Chelsea Football Club, and the New York Jets.Bruce Kidd
, former Olympic and Commonwealth Games runner, Professor at the University of Toronto, and fan of the University of Toronto Blues, no matter the sport.Daniel Wann
, psychologist, Murray State University, Kentucky, and fan of the Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Chiefs, University of Kansas Jayhawks, and Murray State Racers.Mary Hynes
, host of Tapestry
, former host of The Inside Track
and long-time sport reporter, and dedicated fan of the New York Yankees and the Montreal Canadiens. Eric Simons
, author of The Secret Lives of Sports Fans: The Science of Sports Obsession
and undeterred fan of the San Jose Sharks.
Listen: Simon Whitfield
, Olympic Gold Medallist in the Men's Triathlon, and hockey fan, describes his ideal fan experience to Paul Kennedy.