Re: "It's Just Sports"
10 years ago I would have been miserable right now, taking today off, completely freaking out. Now I am saying to myself "It's just a game" or some derivative of that statement. Not sure if it is age, priorities, both or something else. But my ways of letting the Reds and Falcons ruin my non-sports life have changed. And think about how much heartache those two franchises must have caused me in my life.
I will be completely fired up if they win today and very upset if they lose, obviously. However I will recover in short order.
One other thing to think about if they do happen to lose later today. Do many teams go on dynasty type runs all of a sudden?
I see lots of 2nd place finishes and getting swept in the LDS before the Phillies broke through in '08. I have an LDS loss prior to the first WS win in the recent NYY run, which was followed by another LDS loss. We all know about the Red Sox pain in recent years and the Cards also didn't have a ton of success prior to getting that ring.
Next year the team comes back with Votto, Phillips, Cozart, Frazier, Bruce, Cueto, Latos, Homer, Arroyo, Leake, Chapman, Marshall, more experience and potentially a huge chip on their shoulder. Not a bad way to start a season.
But let's go out today and smack this team around the park a few times so we can talk about next year in a few weeks.