Originally Posted by vaticanplum
It's not "just" sports. But it is sports. There's some perspective implied in the definition, or there should be.
I'm sure that one of the reasons I became such a die-hard sports fan is because of the way it connects me with people. I didn't realize it at the time, but I'm cognizant of it now. I really take some things hard in sports, depending on my mood, the day, what else is going on in my life. But even in my lowest points of sports misery, I have people commisserating with me, or people who take care of me, or something to talk about with the next stranger I meet who's a fan of the same team. It's an immediate connection, the depth of which is rarely made with people I know on an otherwise superficial level. And it adds color and lightness to the relationships I have that otherwise run deep. Even at my most miserable sports moments, that connection remains. If my fandom didn't entail that, I think perspective would force me not to take sports so seriously. But that's the wonderful, positive aspect of fandom even in the depth of sports misery, so I allow the sports misery, because it all balances out.
I love sports.
As I get older, and now with a family, sports cannot demand as much of my time and energy, and in some sense it's been a relief to find more balance that way.
But this time of year, I must explain to my wife, is so special that I cannot be so detached. I was downright morose for a minute after the loss yesterday. There is a time and place for things.