Why does it sting so much when your favorite sports team loses?
I can't even remember the first NBA basketball game I watched on TV or the first college football game I ever went to. That's how long I have been a sports fan. I have my favorite teams in just about every sport, but College Football and the NBA are the worst for me. When my teams lose in those sports it can totally affect my mood for the rest of the day, or even the rest of the week.
I can be cranky after one of my teams lose and its just not fair to my wife, my friends or my co-workers.
So I've decided its time to cut the cord! Being a sports fan is just plain stupid!
Why should I waste my money buying a ticket... waste my time going to the stadium... smelling the turf... hearing the roar of the crowd with every marvelous moment on the field. It's just... so... GREAT!
Wait a second... I mean its stupid! I hate it!
But seriously, how do you detach yourself emotionally from sports? Is it even possible to enjoy every single game you watch from an objective point of view? I wish it were that easy for me when I watch my favorite teams play.
I remember being in the stands with my dad and 65,000 other fans for what was supposed to be a championship caliber season. And in the home opener my team not only lost - they got hammered! I was torn up inside. I looked at my dad and he was disappointed but not distraught. He is one of the most dedicated fans I know. He has purchased season tickets for over 20 seasons. And on multiple occasions I have looked at him after a gut wrenching loss to see him with that disappointed look only to say, "Well, that's too bad. But there are far more important things in life."
He is a man that has always put faith and family first in life. He has taught me throughout my life that those things are truly the most important. There is nothing more important in my life than my faith and my family. I have come to know what true happiness is through those two things. Nothing brings me greater joy in my life!
But for three hours of the day, every Saturday afternoon in the fall all I want is for my team to win! And when they do, I'm happy. When they don't, here comes grumpy Sam. The joy I feel when my team wins doesn't compare to the joy my wife, my faith and family bring me. But it still feels great! Especially to win the big rivalry game each year or to knock off a nationally ranked team.
On the other hand, the disappointment and heart break that comes with my teams losses is absolutely terrible!
So how do I do it? How does my dad do it? I have never seen anyone cheer so crazy for his team to win than my dad. Yet when they lose, he's o.k. with it.
Watching the United States soccer team become eliminated, losing a game at the World Cup that they were "supposed" to win was tough for me. And the U.S. soccer team is not even my favorite sports team to watch. So imagine what it is like when MY teams lose. I HATE IT!
That's why being a fan is so stupid!
Your team loses the big rivalry game and suddenly the season doesn't matter anymore. Then the next season they lose the big game again. Then again. And then again. And even after those four straight years of losses, you sit and listen to every word as they spill from the lips of the play-by-play announcer. The team is about to lose its fifth straight rivalry game. The only thing going through your mind during the final play of the game is, "I don't know if I can take it again. I don't know if I can bare hearing all of the trash talk from the other side for a fifth straight year. It just hurts too bad!"
As you listen to the radio your hands are trembling - you hang on the announcers every breath. Then suddenly, four years of anguish vanish, the hurt is gone and not a single loss in the past matters anymore.
"Caught for the touchdown! Caught for the touchdown! Caught for the touchdown! (Your team) win on the final play of the game!"
You jump from your seat and shout for joy! Suddenly being a sports fan isn't stupid anymore! Because for the next year, your team is king!
You know in the future there will still be the heartache that comes with losses again. But there is always tomorrow. Always a chance to forget the past with one defining moment.
I will always be a fan of sports and a fan of my favorite teams. Being a fan really is NOT that stupid. I just hope in the near future I can become more of a fan like my dad. You're ecstatic with every win, but you're able to brush off every loss like the dirt on the seat of your pants.
It's a love-hate relationship. You can't live with them, can't live without them.