Have you seen this 8 minute film (commercial) for ESPN by the well-known filmmaker Errol Morris? It’s creatively done and reminds me of some his documentaries I’ve enjoyed: The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War, and Standard Operating Procedure.
Here’s what I wonder about this: What did ESPN think I’d feel while watching? I imagine they were hoping for some laughs and identification with the diehard fans portrayed in the film. In fact I felt something closer to bemusement and pity. Also, is there any doubt that professional sports (including NCAA and especially the NFL) have become America’s civil religion?