I just finished a radio interview with WDAE in Tampa and the Buccaneer fans are about to make the entire organization “walk the plank”. The frustration level of the Pewter faithful is reaching a boiling point and you can hear it through the ardent questioning I get from hosts Ron Diaz and Ian Beckles.
The flip side is the absolute euphoria being experienced in Denver as the Broncos have jumped out to a 4-0 record behind one of the most prolific starts by a quarterback in NFL history. Peyton Manning and company are mowing down opponents like a “Weed Whacker”, and the fans on the Denver airwaves want to talk about nothing but Super Bowl XLVIII.
There’s a fine line between losing and winning in professional football, and the end result can send an entire community in two different directions. From my personal perspective that’s what’s so exciting about professional football; it’s ability to galvanize a city or region, bringing us so passionately together under the canopy of our favorite team.
So it goes, Yin and Yang . . . the undefeated hopes of Seattle, Denver, Kansas City, New Orleans, New England. The winless despair of Tampa, Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, and New York. It’s the nature of the League, the balance of power in professional football.
TFE has come to admire the passion that Alison Conigliaro-Hubbard conveys in her “true blue” following of the New York Giants and her own efforts to maintain a balance & perspective throughout the rocky start of her beloved “G-Men”. Buccaneer, Jaguar, and Steeler fans might learn a bit from reading as well.
The Football Educator
Like Our Team, This Post Game Blog is All Over the Place…
By Alison Conigliaro-Hubbard – Hergame.tumblr.com
I went to yoga about 20 minutes early late on Sunday afternoon in sunny California (post Giants-Chiefs) because I really needed to chill out before class started. After all, my stomach was in knots, my head racing, and I just needed some decompress time. Again.
My teacher walks in and starts class. She says in such a peaceful and calm voice, “I hope you all had a wunnnderful Sunday.” And I just burst out into a laugh. It’s almost comical how wonderful this Sunday (and the last 4 Sundays) has been (and by the way in my house I had to watch a couple of bad Niners games with a Niners fan too).
I sat on my yoga mat, breathing my Ujayii breathe. She says, “Breathe in and think about the word ‘LET’; and breathe out and think about the word, ‘GO’.”
And that is just what I did. It’s not like I can change the results of the last 4 weeks. I can merely look ahead…
I suggest if you are a New York Football Giants fan, that you do the same this season. Take up yoga, meditation, long walks in nature – something for the good of your mental and physical health!
My friends, I am hear to tell you this: we got problems, and they are not shrinking (yet).
Speaking of ‘shrinking’, it’s quite possible the team needs some therapy. And I don’t mean that in a bad way at all! I mean, it’s glaringly obvious where the biggest holes are on the field (starting with the Offensive Line, the Pass Rush and now Special Teams – and all of these big issues effect the performance of all of the other units), but the bigger challenge toward filling in those gaping (and getting larger) holes is how this 0-4 streak effects team and individual player morale. Attitude and confidence is everything, and unfortunately, we’re also talking about young men. (Just ask the Seahawks – who believe in themselves and each other so much right now that they played a full 60 minutes plus overtime on Sunday to overcome a huge deficit and yet still beat the Texans. Sound familiar Giantsfans? Remember when we were TRULY ALL IN? Right now, we’re not.)