Modern Tribes and Battles

With the Super Bowl coming up, this description of modern tribalism from EO Wilson’s The Social Conquest of Earth seems timely:

Modern groups are psychologically equivalent to the tribes of ancient history and prehistory…

People around the world today, growing cautious of war and fearful of its consequences, have turned increasingly to its moral equivalent in team sports. Their thirst for group membership an superiority of their group can be satisfied with victories by their warriors in clashes on ritualized battlefields… The fans are lifted seeing the uniforms and symbols and battle gear of their team, the championship cups and banners on display, the dancing semi nude maidens appropriately called cheerleaders. Some of the fans wear bizarre costumes with face makeup in homage to their team. They attend triumphant galas after victories. Many, especially of warrior and maiden age, shed all restraint to join in the spirit of the battle and the joyous mayhem afterward.