There was lots of chatter about the fans during this year’s playoffs and how they responded to the games/team/players. I found out very quickly that it was a topic best left to those who also enjoy talking religion and politics.
At the conclusion of Thursday’s heartbreaking loss, my friend Paul Daugherty wrote a column in the Cincinnati Enquirer describing the long-suffering disappointment of sports fans in the Queen City. In the piece, Paul suggests that the motto of the Cincinnati sports fan should be “expect the worst and you’ll never be disappointed.”
Paul followed up Wednesday’s piece with a brilliant column on Saturday reminding his readers that the 2012 Reds season was, in fact, pretty great. (Although I strongly disagree that the Reds were “outmanaged” in the NLDS, but that’s an argument for a anothert time).
The “expect the worst and you’ll never be disappointed” comment, although written in jest, hit very close to the mark with yours truly. Those of you who know me or are regular readers of the blog, know that I spend a lot of time on Twitter and have received my share of comments from “disappointed” fans; especially Thursday.
Most of my Game 5 tweets were intended to trigger positivity during innings in which things looked bleak. I got some negative feedback for that, and not surprising because some folks aren’t particularly fond of the person smiling at a funeral. However, I think it’s important to maintain a certain level of optimism. At the end of the day, we’re talking about a game intended to entertain and offer escape. Easier said than done, but important to remember, nonetheless.
I consider Paul a great dude and an excellent writer and I don’t want anyone to misconstrue why I’m using his comments to make a point (and I promise, my point is coming up). He is the voice for many fans. But there is an alternative to “expecting the worst,” one that I think Daniel L. Reardon describes best: “In the long run, the pessimist may be proved right; but the optimist has a better time on the trip.”
Keep your chin up. Better times await.
PS – Expect good news