Knowing about the other things Merlin has said about sports, this kind of feels like forcing someone to admit they love their family. It’s some great writing, but I sure as hell hate sports culture. It’s the kind of culture that makes you regret saying that in public.


I’d first understood the big idea of family at Reds games. I knew the unspoken intimacy of strangers at a Reds game. Shit, at the age of five, I can clearly remember having my first blinding headache at a Reds game.

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