The takeaway for me is that sports isn't nearly as important in my life as I thought it was. I like the Steelers and love the Pens, but I'm surprised how little I miss them. My work schedule and the refusal of hockey to ever be broadcast on a real television channel has limited the games I can watch anyway. So it was a small step from watching infrequently, to not watching at all. The truth is, I can live without sports. It's a little sad and it leaves some time for the void to be filled with constant political crap. But I'll survive.