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Japan and the vanishing point

Updated: March 14, 2011, 3:13 PM ET
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

For the past few days you've heard often and earnestly about "perspective." You've been reminded again and again that great planetary events overtake us all, and that catastrophe "helps us keep things in perspective."

What is meant by this generally I'm never sure. But when sportscasters say it -- usually with grim expressions and grave shaking of the haircuts -- you can be certain they mean that sports are unimportant.

This is wrong.

Because ...

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