It is so hard to stay positive when your team is on a losing streak! In my family though, we are loyal fans. We stick by our teams and don’t stray no matter how poorly they are doing. In the 80’s our NJ Devils were often one of the last place teams in The NHL. They were even referred to as, “A Micky Mouse Organization,” by Wayne Gretzky, (although he took that comment back a few years later.) Yet, we still went to game after game to root them on hoping for a winning season and the pay off was great! Three Stanley Cups later, The Devils are a team to be proud of.
This year our woeful team is The New York Giants. Ugh, today they lost their fifth game of the season. With a record of 0-5~ they have had a losing season from the start. All over the news and internet, there are negative comments about the team and how they are playing. They went into today’s game down 0-4, but still, my dad, brothers and DJ went off to the game in full Giants regalia with the hopes of a win. The Giants kept it close…for awhile, but still could not pull off the win.
Losing means, “to be defeated,” and it is extremely easy to feel negatively about the players and team as the losses pile up. I am completely guilty of doing this. I take it personally and complain about the team or players and how I would change things if I were the coach. Ironic, since I have played very few organized sports in my entire life.
Part of what makes following a particular team is the tradition. Whether it is hearing their fight songs, dressing in their team colors, or cheering your team on with your family… it keeps us connected and that’s important.
But, as all good sport fans do, we continue to support our teams. We get discouraged and we get disappointed, but still, we go and we watch and we cheer for our teams. We all try to stay positive and hope for a win. There are still 11 football games to play this season. We could still end with a winning record! At least we can hope! Or we could think like DJ, who says, “if we keep on losing and come in last place, at least we will get the first round draft pick!” Way to think positively DJ. I need to work on an attitude like that.