Theologian Dr. Mark Chironna says die-hard football fans can get so wrapped up in the big game, they begin to self- identify and live vicariously through the players.
This means that their own self-esteem rises and falls depending on what happens on the field.
Says Chironna: Some fans become so involved, they perceive a loss on the field as a personal loss. They invest all their emotions in the game.
Fans of the losing side could feel spiritually drained and experience grief after the game, while winning fans may also feel let down after the novelty of the victory wears off.
Chironna says those feelings are signs that a football fan is too self-identified with the game and is living in an external reality rather than facing their own problems.
He says the key to tackling a football-induced spiritual crisis is looking to life beyond the Super Bowl and setting personal goals.
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