Re: "It's Just Sports"
A few points in response to GAC and others:
1. Anyone who gets actually clinically depressed or has thoughts of ending their life as a result of sports needs professional help. I think even the most rabid and emotional among us would agree with that. I think when people say "I'm gonna be depressed for weeks if they lose," they are just talking. Sort of like saying, "I hope we kill them tomorrow." Probably not meant to be taken literally.
2. I am not a believer that "there is only one winner" at the end of a season. The Buffalo Bills never won it all but from 1988-1995 they gave their fans an incredible ride and those memories and experiences can't be taken away and they are real and meaningful. The 1999 Reds didn't even make the playoffs, yet I remember that team very fondly. It was not a wasted year because they didn't win. However, 13 years later, I can still see Marquis Grissom making that diving catch on Friday night of the Brewers series. It still stings and I still wish that ball would have dropped. Take that however you want to take it.
3. Part of the reason winning matters is because you don't want the ride to end. I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who have tentative plans to attend NLCS games, have watch parties, etc...those are fun things and there is no guarantee we will ever get back. So, if its taken away, it hurts and it is disappointing.
4. Hopefully, everyone realizes that none of this matters if you don't have yor family, health, etc. There should always be perspective. But if you lose your job and are upset and scared, you don't necessarily need to hear "at least you aren't dead." Of course things can always be worse. There are far greater tragedies than anything that happens on an athletic field. But there is a time and place for everything...and I think sulking for a bit or being very disappointed when your team loses is acceptable assuming you keep it under control.