United States, Indiana, Guy Benedict Anderson discussed on Celtics Life NBA Basketball Podcast
Mike Kids particularly my daughter. Yeah, we online. We find ones that we like. We did one that was called the toilet paper run. We you know those sorts of things us, so that's been fun. one of the things that Francis and I actually talked about. While we were beginning work on that paper and s she's been working on her materials is that I tend to watch the nineteen seventy six NCAA championship game racially. Yeah. I just I I that that year that was an incredible year I I was not at I'm not that old. I wasn't at the university, then not in Indiana. But that that squad was incredible, and that's that's squads. Legacy I think hangs over Indiana basketball does day, and so that's I. Don't watch a lot of repeats, but that's a game that I could watch regularly I watch the Yukon Clemson basketball game briefly from nineteen, ninety nine where. A member of the last dance, Scott Burrell through a cross court pass to take George to sink basically impossible under one second shot to win the game the thirteen year old. Justin saw in a department store where the entire department. Shallow via in section in that that convinced me to become sports fan basically I. Just had to understand what the heck I'll that was about. That's. I understand all which brings me to the one of the central focus of your article now. I have talked in previous podcast about the idea of imagined communities by this Guy Benedict Anderson who basically just talks about how like we doing now a lot of modern day community unlike historic community that was based on where you were born in your family in their their extended family, and the people in your immediate vicinity is now we are way more distant bedded around the world in Mexico. You guys are in various locations in the United States and Regularly we built community like right for a UK based website and I have regular weekly conversations with people. Long term friendships with people who I've never met in person because consume this media. That is a sport that build our imagined community that the Anderson talks about so to this consumption of media we we have this connection and you know when there isn't something to write about to podcast about to whatever about. Eventually you have to start getting creative to hold that community together and we're already seeing that I mean does other aspects of two, and you talk about it with this concept of communities. Could you maybe explain what that is for our listeners sure so? We were building on an anthropology victor. Turner who's done a lot of work on ritual. He talks about that in the context of ritual. Day people that are engaging in ritual time kind of come together within the context of the ritual to create. US and this isn't a concept that's really similar to community but interns definition. He really considered communitize to be this specific type of community that people established in a ritual context where they come together as equals in the context of that ritual the hierarchies that you typically see within culture are sort of disbanded in the context of people participating in the ritual and for sports fans I do think the of sport kind of this great equalizer might not be entirely. Right, but we do see that in the fan. Context sport really does become this space where different people come together in this common. In, this common celebration of either a team or an athlete? And where those differences don't become as or the differences between them are a little bit less. Obvious blatant in the context of cheering for specific sport So that's where we kind of build on Turner's idea of community. Toss when we're looking specifically at fandom I. Really enjoyed it in the article It really does speak to this idea of social connections. But there's also other ways that we use our sports. FANDOM are one of which I think is particularly relevant right now in terms of the concept of. Escape from politics escaped from bad things occurring in our lives, and you know it's not fair right now to help us escape for example from pandemic quite the opposite actually end. There is even a case to be made that trying to shut out. The political is part of the fuel that had been driving some of the. Civil unrest that we're going to be speaking about a bit more later. All, but there's another thing that you talk about. Two that I thought was very interesting. This is this concept of US stress. What is that? So you stress is the pleasant stress. That Sports Fan cavs in the context of watching sports that sort of built on the the live nature of sports in the uncertainty and in studies of Sports Fan, fandom. Sorry, they have found that people really really enjoy this stress this this kind of like common stress with the athletes where they don't know what's going to happen and they're stressed out about the you know the unknown winner loss of a particular game. Can really have. No and that's in in when you watch the re airings even if you're watching out of this kind of. Appreciation or remembering fondly really great game or great moment in sports history. You still don't really get to experience that that you stress. Because the the outcome is very much known for a lot of these games. Back to the ritual thing. I want to know first of all. Do we have any rituals I? unfortunately, unfortunately, maybe a better word more obviously demonstrating. I'm wearing my Yukon Jersey right now that I always wear whenever they play a game. Even if I'm not watching it I wear unit. I can't watch it I make sure that I have some kind of Yukon. Appear on somewhere. It's completely illogical. I'm very well aware it's not going to change anything I. Do it anyway just. Goes Yeah I do that all the time you know Indiana, and always you are in the same conference big Tan, and I typically go to the OSU Indiana Games and regardless regardless of the quality of either team, I'm just head to toe ready for for the hoosiers. So And of course there's a direct connection to the sweat shirt and hat and the outcome of the game. That's. What we do that I mean we have so much ritual in the way that in the way that we enjoy our games, and Francis.