Attached in the sense where one feels happiness when "my team" wins or unhappiness when "my team" loses even though one contributes zero effort to the team's win/loss.
What are the rational values that I, the sport fan, receives when "my team" wins?
If a hunter demonstrates great skill and kill a prey, I may admire him for his skills; but for me to be happy doesn't make sense unless he shares his kill with me.
Yes, I think it can be rational. It's reasonable to feel an affinity or admiration for some person or group, and be happy for their success even when you don't contribute. Especially over time, as you learn more about the sport and the people involved, the effort they've put in, the level of skill they demonstrate, and so on.
What I don't think would be rational is to feel pride or increased self-esteem as a result of a team's accomplishments (as well as the reverse if they lose). Being pleased, happy or satisfied is one thing. Feeling better about yourself because of the work of others is completely different.
answered Jan 22 '12 at 06:05