Team Spirit by Errol Morris

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 LineThe 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?