...a video moment helps to define the symbolic importance of sports.
Watch this video highlight package from Game 7 of the NHL playoff series involving Philadelphia and Boston. Be sure to watch it right to the very end because what you will see captures the essence of why sports matters so much to certain people.
The boy -- reduced to tears because his beloved Bruins had lost the game and the series-- is the person to watch for. He's seen for perhaps 3 seconds, but those few seconds are enough for you to understand the devastation he feels.
And if you have been a sports fan for your entire life, you know as a child you had one of those moments when your favorite team lost and you could do nothing but cry about it.