February 7th, 1999.
"The addiction to sports ... marks an arrested development of man's moral nature." (Veblen, The Theory of the Leisure Class, 1899.)
"Many men set their minds only on trifles, and have not a compass of soul to take an interest in anything truly great and important beyond forms and minutiæ. ... Larger objects elude their grasp, while they fasten eagerly on the light and insignificant. ... they become ... collectors of caterpillars and odd volumes, makers of fishing-rods." (William Hazlitt, "On Great and Little Things," Table Talk .)