Wealthy, influential, and widely read pundit, author, and pop- sociology-flouter David Brooks today uses his New York Times op-ed column to announce to you, me, and everyone else around the world: he still likes the Mets. Yeah. Thought about liking the Nats, but... had to stick with the old Mets. Mmm hmm. But did he find a way to work in some pop sociology?
"Since I am me, I've read a bunch of social science papers on the nature of sports fandom, trying to understand this attachment."
Keep trying, aspiring writers. This is how it's done in the big leagues.