There are a small number of NFL games I watch each season. Sunday’s Vikings vs. Packers game always makes the list. Sitting in the comfort of my own home – just a couple miles from where this down-to-the-wire game was played – my mind wondered how engaged I was in the game.
I sketched out this scale:
- Reading about the game
- Writing about the game
- Listening to commentary on the game
- Watching the game on television
- Commentating on the game
- Changing your clothes for the game
- Betting on the game
- Watching from the stands
- Watching from the bench
- Refereeing the game
- Coaching the game
- Playing the game
- Being the ball
(I’m a 4. Even my son’s a 6.)
Notice the further down the scale we go, the fewer the number of people participating and the greater their participation.
Seems consistent with the 1% power law behind Wikipedia.