Well, that's a progressive point of view. Ok.
A tangent, but not so much, as part of my love for piazzas is the rivalries that have taken place in them, with orange hurling in Ivrea, the whole palio thing in Siena and some other cities, the saracen thing in Arezzo, in place for years in piazzas that have seen real bloodshed. I do usually see sports as a leveler, at the same time fans from various places go nuts from time to time.
I long posited that a little orange hurling in Los Angeles (lots of orange groves) might have stymied some of the early gang growth. Fanciful idea.