sports fans are sensitive
If you don’t like sports, please don’t read this or give some sort of comment slamming sports.
Growing up in Texas, I have always liked the Longhorns, Cowboys, and Spurs. In the 80s, I started liking the Lakers.
Each season, when my team doesn’t make the playoffs or Superbowl (although, with the teams I pick I have enjoyed a lot of winning) I often pick another team to cheer for. In the past, I picked teams with the best story line. I have found that most sports fans like the sport with the following breakdown: 50% for the actual game and 50% for the storyline behind the game. We love the soap-opera story. The background story creates a lot of excitement for the actual game.
So, in the past, I would be very upset when a certain player that I like didn’t win. I felt sorry for Karl Malone, he was a good guy and didn’t win the championship. Dan Marino, Charles Barkley, the list goes on and on.
Finally, it donned on me…why do I feel sorry for a guy that is making $5,000,000 a year plus endorsements? When we were watching the Cowboys this year lose against the Giants. Tony Romo bowed his head and my mom said, “poor guy.” I said, “Mom, he just signed a $60,000,000 contract. I don’t feel sorry for him.”
I have learned to enjoy sports for the game itself and not so much for the all the other.
Am I being cynical and insensitive? Does this realization ruin the story line?