At my daughter's soccer game yesterday afternoon, one of the moms was lamenting that her husband "made" her cancel the babysitter so that they could stay home and watch the Michigan game.
She was very surprised that I - as a devoted Michigan fan - had planned an evening out with my wife. (If you're a Beatles fan, you need to see the movie "Good 'Ol Freda.) My response was that the game should be a blowout, and, if it weren't, I wasn't really interested in watching it. Plus, we were going to be home in time to watch the 4th quarter.
It reminded me of a column - written by a lapsed sports fan - I read about a month ago. His thesis was that the lows began to outweigh the highs. That when his favorite team lost or performed poorly, it negatively affected his mood for days. (I think we all have experienced this after the Horror, Toledo, Akron, etc.) And when his favorite team won, the positive effect on his mood was muted and lasted for a short period of time.
This theory best describes why I had no desire to watch the game last night. I've seen more than my fair share of cupcake games over the past thirty years, and the bloom has long been off of the rose. The blowouts aren't that exciting...and the losses/close calls stay with me sometimes for days. I enjoyed being at the CMU game, but the Akron game negatively affected me more than the CMU game positively affected me.
Any thoughts on this? Are the lows sometimes lower than the highs are high for you? Have you ever thought about giving up being a Michigan fan or trying to lessen your passion for the teams, so as to reduce the emotional toll the teams' ups and downs have on you?
I would request that if you don't have a constructive comment to refrain from commenting. Please keep the snark and witty negative responses to yourself.