Australian Football League. Credit: Deirdre/Flickr
By Steve Ellen, Monash University
It’s Grand Final season – it might seem that nothing else matters about now.
Writing about the psychology of football is like writing about the psychology of love. A fool’s business. Nothing (so far) has quite made sense of how 100,000 people turn up to shout and scream, cry and gasp, and pin their fortunes on a bunch of athletes running around crashing into each other at the limits of human endurance.
It’s just good honest fun. Well, mostly honest.