“It’s the loss of something you love,” Eric Zillmer, a neuropsychology professor at Drexel University, told the Washington Post. “I can tell you as a clinical psychologist, the biggest threat to your ability to function is loss.”

Zillmer spends an inordinate amount of time mulling the connection between sports and your mental state: He is also Drexel’s athletic director and a full-throated Philly sports fan, meaning he has a good idea why losing sports means so much at a time it should matter so little.

“It’s multidimensional and it’s complex,” Zillmer said. “Otherwise, we would be able to replace it, wouldn’t we?”

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