Fanfare for Sports Fandom: How Being a Sports Fan Is Good for Your Health

    Ron Baechle AKA the Towel Man is a St. Louis Blues Super Fan. He’s performed his goal counting ritual at almost every Blues home game since 1990. But, could that actually be good for his health? Scientific research cited in New York Times bestselling author Larry Olmsted’s book “Fans” says yes – it can also make him happier and more understanding. We learn more about the many positives of sports from Olmsted – from helping in the global peace process to healing people after traumatic events. As it turns out, research shows sports can even help non-sports fans.