hmmm, I've never thought of it that way before. I guess it is because I DO think it is pretty different to go to the ballet/opera/game instead of watch one. I'd go to one any day, I've only watched a couple on tape because they were not playing and I needed to see them for whatever reason.
I think in some ways the Olympics are different, they are only every 4 years and the chance that the average person is going to get to see them is pretty slim. I guess, if I were going to watch, I would try to make it as special as possible. Invite friends over or go someplace that has a big screen. At least in that way you can be a part of an 'audience'. And also it is removed from 'everyday'.
Go Green I don't vax either, why mess with perfect?