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Why do grown men watch football shirtless in subzero temperatures?

What drives athletes to stick their inner thighs with sharp pins? Why do we scream in front of the television at players who can't hear us?

These questions can be debated and argued for hours, but at the end of the day, the answer boils down to one word: sports.

"Sports," as an amorphous concept, is a combination of excitement and superstition doused in gallons of competitive spirit. It can be difficult to explain to those unversed in the world of athletics, but you know it when you see it.

The following is a list of seemingly pointless, weird and counterproductive activities that athletes and fans do on a regular basis. Why do we do these things? 

As I said: "Because sports."

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