It’s been a little gloom and doom in the bomber household these past few days…
You see there was this semi-important professional sporting match on Sunday, and despite my best efforts of yelling and screaming at the tv, my boys did not come away with that Lombardi trophy.
While I hold no ill will towards those gents in black and gold, I can’t help but wallow in my loss.
It got me thinking about championships and fandom- more specifically what impacts us more, the wins or losses?
My baseball team, the Bronx Bombers, returned to glory this past year; my college football team, finally beat an SEC team and won that beautiful tournament of roses. And while those were great feelings, they don’t compare to the losses.
I can’t be alone in this sentiment, can I?
I remember all the times the BCS championship left me heart broken and cursing Tim Tebow, or the SEC- way more strongly than beating Miami for the championship.
I remember the 2004 American League Championship Series and that damn bloody sock!
Why’s this? Maybe I’m a glutton for punishment! I don’t know.
Lombardi said, “Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser.” Maybe that’s the case, we’re just not programmed to be losers.
Now, before you go answering the $64,000 question… here are some variables that came to mind…
How long you’ve been pouring your heart out for a team without that major win (cough cough, Browns fans)?
How often your team makes it to the big dance?
Who you lost or won to… (I’d be way more pissed in a world where the Colts and Pats could play in a Super Bowl and lose to fairy pants McGee, i.e. Brady)?
If you were physically present at said event?
If you root for a team that happens to win a lot? (hey, I know I do, but I also root for the Cavs and Caps!)
The talking heads in the offseason and waiting to prove yourself again.
So I leave it up to you sports fans…