It's really easy to make way too big of a deal about sports. They are just games and soccer is just a game where 22 guys run around and kick the ball around. It isn't a matter of life and death and it isn't really of any great importance, so why do we love it so much? Because of moments like the one in Gabon on Sunday when Zambia topped Ivory Coast to win their very first Africa Cup of Nations title.
The drama for 120 minutes of action plus penalties was unmatched. The quality of play was fantastic and it had all the ebbs, flows, peaks and valleys that you could ask for. There were the incredible plays and the mind-blowing missed opportunities, like Didier Drogba skying what could have been the winning penalty in the 70th minute. In the end, it went to a thrilling penalty shootout, where Zambia triumphed 19 years after their entire team and manager were killed in a plane crash.
Sports are better than anything else, always.