For the Love of the Game

In a new series, The Walrus explores the ecstasy, the agony, and the complex motivations behind why we cheer

A photo collage of sports fans cheering. The words "for the love of the game" are over the image.

Fans watch games religiously. They buy overpriced tickets and cram into arenas to support perpetual losers. They’re willing to suffer through decades of disappointment because those rare moments of triumph—the perfect shot, the impossible save, the long-awaited championship victory—make it all worthwhile. In a new series on sports fandom, updated each week leading to the 2021 Summer Olympics, The Walrus explores the ecstasy, the agony, and the complex motivations behind why we cheer.

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Series Editor: Harley Rustad
Editor: Daniel Viola
Art Direction: Natalie Vineberg
Producers: Angela Misri, Sheena Rossiter
Head of Research: Erin Sylvester
Copy Editor: Jonah Brunet
Fact Checkers: Sophie Weiler, Emily Baron Cadloff, Tina Knezevic

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