Scoop: What, to you, is the “social function in sports”?
Zirin: Damn, Scoop. That’s like asking the social function of drugs, sex, music or anything that gets people up in the morning in these tough times. We love sports because it provides escape and the promise of magic. But beneath the pyro, it’s a fun-house mirror of who we are as a country. The scary part is when people start taking the reflection more seriously than the reality standing in front of the mirror.