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A Question for Sports Fanatics: What If Music Was Our National Pastime?

by Louise Burton   Feb 15, 2014 10:45 AM EST

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For most of my life, I was not an avid sports fan. I attended very few football games as a music student at Northwestern University. I didn't actively dislike sports, but I found the experience of watching them less than engrossing. Clearly, I was missing something that the fanatics were seeing in the game.

But then I married a Northwestern alum who was also a huge sports fan. I began going to NU football and basketball games regularly.

I was surprised to discover the extent of the culture that had grown up around college sports. It seemed like a focus that everyone shared. When I wore my NU Wildcat gear around Evanston, strangers would comment, asking me if I had just been to a game, who won and what the score was. Or they might just raise their hands in the cat-growl sign as they drove by.

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