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If you look around at the multitude of sports based blogs devoted to baseball teams, it's easy to find perspective and stay rooted in what you know is rational and logical. After two full series to start the season, people are already making assumptions this way or that way about their favorite clubs. I really enjoy reading how sections of other fan bases perceive their team to be doing throughout the year. You can begin to see certain trends emerge as you read such drivel.
One team's group of fans starts out 2-4 and there is a feeling of disdain toward any number of people in the organization. Another teams's group of fans starts out 4-2 and there is great joy of over taking the league by storm. Then there more rational groups of fans of both teams, that look at the information available and and can see that only two games separates them from the other. Two games separations elation from desperation.
I suppose my entire point is that if you stay level headed, (which is quite hard to do when you emotionally invest in sports) then maybe just maybe you won't be so let down at the end of the year if things don't quite pan out the way you'd hope.
My hopes are that we, namely I, can be more like the third group of fans I mentioned, and objectively take the good with the bad and not be as reactionary toward little things. I know I am certainly guilty of that, and probably more than most. Can you be a fan and also remove as much emotion as possible? I don't know, but I would like to try and be more rational. I don't want to be the person who has a shitty day, because the Rangers lost a game.
My hope is that I can learn to keep things in perspective and enjoy the good, even when it's really bad.
Well put, now you too can become a cultured fan just like Evan Grant. Wow! Just so you don't take this wrong, I am trying to say that you are no longer a "Fan" if you start thinking instead of reacting to the game.
Enjoy the game Grass hopper.
Not that I don't love the Rangers and will root for them come hell or high water, but I've gone through too many sports season already at my young age (23) where I just have an abysmal day if my team loses (grew up a VT fan, current Auburn grad). Honestly, a sports team that I have absolutely 0 impact on outside of revenue probably shouldn't ruin my day if they lose.
If I lose a game in a rec league, sure I'll be upset for a few hours. If the Rangers lose, sure I'll care. But I don't have to let it ruin my day. it's all about perspective and balance. There are those fans that live and die by every pitch and every swing and every catch and every throw, but I have too much else going on in my life that I want to care about to invest that much in every swing and every pitch and every catch and every throw.
Just my 2 cents worth though. More power to you if you want to be so invested in the Rangers that your winter is ruined if they don't make the playoffs.
I too like to lurk Angels fan forums when they lose. It puts the biggest Schadenfreude-eating grin on my face.
For me, that's the whole point --investing emotionally 100% and living with every pitch. Was I devastated last year and every year before? Absolutely and completely. Would I change it and temper my expectations and emotions to not feel so sh!tty afterwards? F*ck that. This is my sport and these are my boys. Go hard or go home. Maybe that's just the woman in me, but taking a Spock-type approach seems a bit boring. I don't knee-jerk when they hit bumps and cry 'it's all over', but it can ruin my night. Luckily, there's almost immediately another game where they can turn it around.
Yeah, I decided to visit an Angels blog this morning. They were bitching about the color of the Rangers uniforms and how much they hate us. I guess it's better to be hated by your enemy, than loved.
I'm not saying that I don't react to pitches or swings or that type of thing. My girlfriend can attest to how much I care about sports, specifically the Rangers. I do believe they can hear me through the TV haha. But I don't allow a loss to linger. Move on to the next one. There's always another game in sports. I was despondent after the-game-that-must-not-be-named. For like a week. When it matters and on the biggest stage, I still take it hard. but during the course of a 162-game season, I've learned to brush off the losses and look forward to seeing the boys back out on the field for the next game.
Your girlfriend? What's HIS name?
Vander, I know we've established that we're both VT football fans, that you went to Auburn and I went to VT ... but I didn't know you were 23. (I am as well.) Out of curiosity, did you start following the Hokies when Michael Vick went there? If so, he clearly had an effect on pop-culture, because that's what made me fall in love with Virginia Tech.
AS FOR THE TOPIC THOUGH, just follow the game at your own pace, and in whatever way makes you comfortable. That's the way I see it. I still catch about 140 Ranger games a year, maybe more, even though it doesn't quite feel the same as it did when I was 16, or even 19.
I mean, really -- I think across the board with all my sports teams -- nothing has been the same since Game 6. It's the game and the subsequent feeling it gave that will never be duplicated. It was the night where Sports Fan Pain transcended into Actual Real Life Pain. I know for a fact that I will never feel as much watching one of my favorite sports teams play as I did that night.
Nowadays, I don't live and die. I watch and enjoy. I look for anomalies in the statistics and try my best to use them in a fashion that projects how good a player will be moving forward. I love the Rangers just as much, if not more, right now than at any point in my life. Not sure if it's a love grown from familiarity or not, but I know I'm into them now in a different way than in my youth.
I can appreciate it both ways.
Well put Eric, well put (aside from the whole liking VT part... Go Gators!)
Agreed Eric. Well put.
My dad got his master's at VT and I was actually born in Blacksburg, so Hokie by birth I suppose haha. Didn't give scholarships to me like Auburn did for engineering, so I went to Auburn. Bout to move to Birmingham and work for AT&T though. Make real money. Gonna be weird.
Real money is definitely where it's at. Getting further and further away from that kid shit.
Thanks. Yea, I can't wait. That and grad school has been a bear. So much freakin work. Luckily AT&T is paying to have me complete it with them so I can go work only 50-55 hours a week and take a class instead of 40+ hours and 3 classes that are all project based haha.
Anyway, I'm sure no one else cares, so go Rangers! Enjoy the game the way you want, just don't look down on people who don't enjoy it the way you do. One rule - ELE. Everybody Love Everybody.
Vander, it's always a big deal when kids strive and succeed in their lives. Congrats and good luck in Bham, the Oak Cliff of Alabama! The only city where i've heard gunshots from my posh hotel room! POP POP POP BITCH
@dub Thanks man.
I came from Atlanta. Spent nights in downtown a bunch with my brother at Georgia Tech. Heard one or two gunshots in my lifetime haha.
Maybe you lovers could get a room.
Great post eric. Although I am a bit younger, at 19, and I am feeling the transformation of me as a fan. When I was 15/16 I was more in just seeing the rangers win. Now I analyze everything diffferently. I do gotta say, What a great 5 years it has been to watch.
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