About 5 years ago as we sat down to breakfast my then pre-teen son and I joked about what archaeologists would say about football if they dug up a stadium 5,000 years from now.
Here were the possibilities we came up with:
- They might consider the stadium to be a temple or place of worship (every town has one).
- They would suppose that the team mascots (Wildcats) would be city or regional gods.
- What we know as players would be participating in battle to honor their god and to show their devotion to him (her).
- The cheerleaders could be thought of as high priestesses (my son almost shot milk through his nose at the thought) who lead the worship. “We are the Wildcats, mighty, might Wildcats . . .”
- The fans are the worshipers praying to their god for victory confirming his acceptance of their sacrifice.
- The marching bands would be the temple musicians.
- The concession stand is where worshipers can procure grain, animal, and synthetic sacrifices to offer to their god by leaving portions in the stadium (worship arena).
Why else might sports (football, baseball, basketball, softball, etc) be confused as our national religion by those who study us in the future?
Here is a bonus video from the SkitGuys on this same topic: