- Aug 28, 2011
The meltdowns and H0T Takes on here have gotten me thinking - why do we follow teams and get so emotionally wrapped up in their failures? Shouldn't sports be entertaining?
That's the passion and craziness of being a fan. The day i log on and dont see the passion and energy on this board and yes, even the disappointed passion then that's the day I will be bummed ...The meltdowns and H0T Takes on here have gotten me thinking - why do we follow teams and get so emotionally wrapped up in their failures? Shouldn't sports be entertaining?
Ditto. The Clemson game stung for a few hours. First time i’d felt that way about a football loss since the McNabb days. Bottom line is that we are a mid-major in football. We don’t have the financial wherewithal to keep up with the Clemsons of the world and 3 star talent is not going to consistently beat four and five star talent.The outcomes of these games don't upset me any more. Until the Clemson loss two weeks ago I can't remember the last time I was upset over a football loss. The program has been so bad for so long it has beaten the emotion out of me to where i am almost indifferent to the outcome of football games. I view these games almost as an "analyst" instead of a "fan" which I hate but its the reality of it. I go to every home game (gave up season tickets though) because I can get in for free with my job and no perks to having season tickets really and its just "something to do on a Saturday" with a buddy, but no loss gets me upset. The Pitt loss this week I didn't even think about once the game ended. I see the powers that be at the school taking the right steps to building up the program, problem is these steps were needed some 15 years ago. Speaking only for me, the years of losing and watching a program get passed by and not keep up with the times has taken the joy out of SU football.
For basketball, I have seen SU win a national title in my lifetime. I'm good...lol. Seriously how I view it. When they lose a Final Four game to Michigan or UNC I am bothered since we are "so close" to another. But really no basketball loss has upset me since 2003. I saw my championship and I am at peace. I feel pretty much the same way about my NY Yankeees. I have seen them win so much no loss or bad season upsets me. How I feel about SU basketball.
I am the complete opposite. After a loss, I go straight to the forums as a source of therapy that I am not the only one who feels this way. If we win, the forums are a way to bask in the glow of victory.There used to be a time when an SU loss in football, basketball, or lax would ruin my week.
I'm well beyond that now. Not only have I gotten desensitized, given the depths to which our football team sank, how difficult things have been in hoops with the NCAA penalties, etc. but having kids makes it easier to compartmentalize and keep things in perspective.
I tend to avoid the forums after a loss, as the temper tantrums / negativity combined with the loss make things even worse.