Buck68, it's a GAME; A release; A diversion from the minutiae of our daily grind.
For some, it may just be a diversion to get through another crappy day at work. For others, it may be a diversion from a horrible divorce that they are going through or maybe a death in the family. And still others may just want to be associated with a winner.
It seems to me that you are thinking too hard and taking this way too seriously.