Auburn lost again,
so instead of writing funny hyperbole about how Eric Brock is capable
of intercepting a nuclear missile from China, I have to be all philosophical
and crap about losing….
championships are involved, college football is a zero sum game.
The joy of a win by one team is equal to the pain of a loss to the
other team. When LSU beats Mississippi State, Mississippi State
is a little bummed out about the loss and LSU is a little happy.
When Mississippi State beats Auburn, Mississippi State becomes ecstatic
and Auburn becomes furious.
is why we hear people talking about firing Tuberville. Even though
he has won more games in the past four years than most any other
coach in the country, fifteen losses would’ve stung just as
bad as seven. The Alabama win in 2003 was more fun than the 2006
win simply because wins were harder to come by in 2003. The Arkansas
loss hurt so much more last year than in 2002 because wins were
so much more common in 06.
a fan, it’s important to realize that our emotions have no
impact to what happens on the field; therefore, to maximize your
enjoyment of football, enjoy football wins and forget football losses.
Otherwise being a fan won’t be worth it. Joy and pain would
average to zero. When you lose in life, you have to reflect and
face your problems, but when you’re a football fan, it’s
best to realize you have no control over loses and forget about
them. Stick with the team and enjoy the wins whenever they come.
Let the players and coaches face the problems. It’s their
life. It’s our hobby.
heard people say the following this week;
you let things that 18-22 year old kids do on a field determine
your mood, then you are pathetic.”
If you are a college football fan, then your mood is partially contingent
on things 18-22 year old kids do on a football field. That’s
a fact. You are lying to yourself if you think you’re the
exception. Is this irrational? Yes. Is this wrong? No! It’s
a hobby! Hobbies aren’t supposed to be rational! Stamp collecting,
golf, model trains, fishing, building bird houses, wine tasting…
all irrational, otherwise they wouldn’t be hobbies.
hobbies, the goal is to maximize pleasure and minimize pain.
a note to the booing fans: You woke up early on a Saturday to watch
Brandon Cox throw interceptions. You’re angry. It’s
understandable. You boo him though? Why? Do you think the display
of your disproval will motivate him to not throw into double coverage?
made you unhappy and you wanted to hurt him emotionally as payback.
football players no longer like you. If they magically turn into
an awesome football team in the next couple of weeks, you’ll
cheer - but you’ll be cheering for people who don’t
like you. What’s the point?
the fun in that? If they don’t magically turn into an awesome
football team, you’ll keep booing for no reason. It’s
a no win situation for you. Even if Brandon has seen his last snap
as a quarterback, he’ll get the last laugh, because he knows
he’s better than all of us. After all, he’ll never wake
up early to watch us suck.