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In an age of constant drama, watching sports is the perfect way to switch off

Watching sport is like eating fibre—it does no harm and it cleans out the system

Switch on, turn off: why watching sports relaxes us. Photo: Marco Verch Professional/Flickr, liscenced under Creative Commons

Sailors like to spin the line that the hours you spend on the water don’t count towards the final tally of life. You get them for free, they’re extra. I’ve felt that way about watching sports.

My mother used to bug us about the way we spent whole summer days and weekends and post-school afternoons in front of the television. Glotzen is the German word. When my grandfather came to visit us…

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