The Psychology of the Sports Fan

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A woman with red hair, an orange megaphone and a big foam finger.

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Sports stadiums have long been filled with a curious breed. The sports fan is a strange, sometimes tragic figure who often goes into a frenzy over nothing more significant than a jersey color. An exploration of the mental makeup of those who root.

Guests:

Ed Hirt, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences at Indiana University

David Potter, professor of Greek and Latin at University of Michigan; writes a Chicago Tribune RedEye column about how the Romans look at modern sports

Richard Deitsch, associate editor, Sports Illustrated

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