I was reading this article about birds and hormones – kinda interesting. But towards the end of the article, I saw the above line mentioned almost in passing. I re-read it several times, just to make sure I got it right. A 20% rise in hormones when a fan’s team won? Then I started thinking all kinds of things. Did this apply to females too? (And would it involve testosterone or estrogen?) Did it apply to the players on the winning teams? Was there a drop in hormones – in either players or fans – when the teams lost? Did that apply to women? Are hormones really that susceptible to a game? Then I thought, well, you know, that explains a lot, like riots that take place after a team wins a really big championship. You should have seen Chicago when the Bulls won! And you combine all that testosterone with alcohol and you have a natural, totally organic Molotov cocktail brewing. All you need is a match.
So, men’s testosterone gets all out of whack – over a game … a GAME! – and they call US hormonal. Sheesh!