Even if you’re not a basketball fan, you’ve probably heard about the Mavericks winning the NBA championship, or more accurately, you’ve heard…

Even if you’re not a basketball fan, you’ve probably heard about the Mavericks winning the NBA championship, or more accurately, you’ve heard about the Heat’s LeBron James and his moral failings, bad karma, and egotism. After abandoning his home town to go to Miami, LeBron has been castigated by sports pundits, sports fans, and people who’ve never watched a game of basketball in their life. Sports, on the surface, are pretty shallow enterprises. They’re games, and despite the massive economic engine they rev, ultimately they consist of huge men running around for viewers’ entertainment. Despite, or in order to validate, this seemingly superficial arena of our lives, our country tends to focus on compelling narratives to gives sports larger meaning. This explains the focus on LeBron, and why people are so intent on casting him as a villain. If we give our sports moral significance, it makes it more rational to watch hours upon hours of them. But you have to wonder what it means that so much of our national attention is spent on so petty an issue. It seems that by making a media-mountain out of a sports-molehill, we unfairly label one man as evil, and we unwisely waste everyone’s time.
– Will