The Game of Spectating


As I watch Michigan fans file out of the Big House (most of the time this year, with their tails between their legs) it looks as if they are reentering a less-joyous reality: as if they are leaving “The Magic Circle.” Struck by this similarity, I started to consider the parallels between Michigan spectatorship and Huizinga’s definition of “games.” Not only are we, as Michigan fans, observing a game, we are participating in our own.

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