Sorry. I lost interest in professional sports when they stopped sacrificing the victors to be our emissaries to the gods.
Putting an end to human sacrifice just RUINED professional sports in my opinion. I miss the days when athletes had real values. You could count on a winning athlete to be a fine upstanding young person prepared to face the Powers That Be and represent his or her community. To carry our prayers to Memphre-Magog for an end to the winter storms. Or a bountiful year in the orchards.
Edit to add: I may possibly be kidding.