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Journal Writing Project: Fascinations


By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project



Why do we as people become thoroughly enthralled in sports? This obsession has become a huge money making industry. According to Forbes(2014) the average NFL team is worth 1.43 billion. Most people don’t think twice about this. They love to watch their Sunday football game and so on. But where does all this money come from, and why do people enjoy watching sports so much? This is something I’ve always personally wondered.

After doing a little research, I took a closer look at the Washington Redskins football team. All of the following statistics and information is from Forbes.com (2014) The owner is Daniel Synder. The team on average makes about $38 per fan paying for a ticket. You multiply that by the metro area population of 5.9 million and the number of games they have, and you are already well past the millions. Obviously not everyone living in the area will be attending the game and paying the $38. But even if only half of the population of that specific area attends a game at some point, there is still well over a million dollars being made. According to Jonah Lehrer (2014), these statistics are not even including the revenue from merchandise or the $7 million in television revenue.

In an overall quick look, the sport is making about $1,150 million, the stadium makes $511 million, the market $550 million, and the merchandise $214 million. The few expenses are $118 million paying for the players.

NFL teams around the world are becoming big business. We now can see how that happens, but my final question is why. Why do people want to spend money to watch huge sweaty guys bang heads and knock each other down? Why do crowds go crazy when a touchdown is scored on their favorite team? According to psychologist Nicholas Christenfeld (2014), humans like watching feats of physical talent, but we still want to be surprised. If we think about this, it is very true. In professional sports teams we usually do not know who is going to win. Teams trade players, coaches, and owners. All aspects of each team become quite similar. At times we do have a good idea who is going to win, but then an upset occurs! Perhaps that is the most exciting thing that can happen in a game. People streak, scream, cry, yell, sing and express many more actions at games. The most excitement usually happens at times when an amazing physical feat happens. This is the point in the game where a person can see chips being thrown a .....
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Mabel to receive new squad car and street lights

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel city council met on December 10, 2014 at 7 p.m. All council members were present. Deputy Dan Dornink attended the meeting to discuss the purchase of a new squad car for the Mabel City Police Department. He acquired bids from Ford, Chev ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: It is the giving season

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

By Gabrielle Sand Have you done your good deed for the day? If not, you can stop by the Mabel-Canton High School Gym and pick out an ornament off the Christmas in Fillmore County tree! The ornaments have pictures on them of gifts that are needed. O ..... 
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Elmira Rosheim

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Elmira Ilene Rosheim, age 90, of Mabel, Minn., died Thursday, November 27, 2014 at Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel, Minn. Elmira was born October 5, 1924 in Fillmore County, Minn. to Joseph and Moranda (Thompson) Hongerholt. She was confirmed an ..... 
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Ruth Westby

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Ruth A. Westby, age 84, of Mabel, Minn., died Tuesday, November 25 at the Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel. Ruth was born January 7, 1930 in Elgin, Iowa to Lloyd and Clara (Gander) Ruroden. She attended Pleasant Township School through 8th grade ..... 
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Remembering those lost

By Stephanie Phillips

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

Everything changed for the families of 26 people on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Early in the morning while Sandy Hook Elementary School was in session, a 20 year old man named Adam Lanza, shot his way into the school. The police be ..... 
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Mabel-Canton school board discusses deficit, enrollment

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on November 18, 2014 at 7 pm. Board members Jane Hall and Troy Soiney were not present. The official results of the November 4th election for school board members were read by Mary Pat Kuhn. Cristal Adki ..... 
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Tin can cranberries

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Commentary

Thanksgiving was always a big holiday for my family. As a group of seven surviving against the odds as Bear fans raised in the heart of Packer country, family was of the utmost importance. We never really stayed in one place to become established thr ..... 
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Bill Sires

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Obituaries

Bill Sires, age 89, Mabel, Minn., formerly of Spring Grove, died Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel. William John “Bill” Sires was born October 8, 1925 in Dorchester, Iowa to Daniel and Anna (Hahn) Sires. He attend ..... 
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