I personally found it funny that I saw both articles within the span of five minutes, so I felt compelled to share. :)
As for your comparison, while I think there's room for both science and sports, I actually agree with you to an extent. I am starting to think that we should become a bit more aware of how we consume culture, whether it's sports, music, movies, video games, what have you, for many reasons. For instance, I worry that sometimes they distract us from committing ourselves to personal and social development. If for example, I stay home and play video games and read comics all day, the activity prevents me from furthering my personal education, developing skills and talents, and going out in the world and being an active, positive presence in my community. Or, as another example, say I'm so invested in the success of a sports team or the stories of a fictional series that I start to form my identity around them. While I think it's important to be able to identify with things, we should understand that we shouldn't let things identify us and when we start to express aspects of tribalism around these things, we're allowing our passions and interests take us into unhealthy areas.
So I don't know if you were attempting to be hyperbolic, but I do see some merit in the argument. After all, we all can't be scientists, but we can all be bigger than what we think we're capable of, and we need to stop and consider what might be holding us back and why.