BlueThunder wrote:I just kinda worry about some fans, usually younger fans that aren't that clear on our history, and are only envisioning victory... and I mean the one's that know we're gonna win the Superbowl (which is ridiculous). After 30+ years of rabid fan-hood with this team, I have learned to temper my expectations and go into huge games like this one assuming we'll blow it, 'cause that's almost always what seems to happen. That way I'm not devastated like I used to get, and probably more thrilled when we win the big ones than the people expecting it, 'cause it's a surprise! Back in the day (80's, 90's), I'd get so upset after losses that I'd slap off the TV and go sit in my dark bedroom stewing and drinking until I fell asleep. I'm still that way a little bit.
Nowadays, I always have my DVR recording the game, and if we're getting our asses kicked I let the recording continue but I turn the channel and bring up the NFL.com gametracker on my computer. That way, especially on away games, I don't have to listen to the opposing teams fans going nuts, which always infuriates me. I'll just glance at the tracker occasionally while watching a movie or something. Then if I see we come back and tie it up or something, I'll turn the tv back to the game. This is how I avoid getting all pissed off and start doing stupid stuff like throwing the remote or something across the room like a complete jackass. This is what I did during the Redskins game when we went down 14-zip. It's just my way of dealing with it. I don't like being that pissed off, and this little ritual keeps the blood pressure below heart-attack level. I ain't no spring chicken anymore, and I just hate getting that pissed off at my age. (51)
I never get that upset over football, but I go into every game thinking we're going to win, and still know
we're going to win the Superbowl until we're mathematically eliminated or put out of the playoffs.
Where's the fun in being realistic? The whole point of being a sports fan is to be optimistically overconfident in everything that faces you, even when the 2007 Patriots come to face the 2009 Seahawks I still believe!!!