Occasionally in ones life, everything seems to line up perfectly. Not usually in every facet of your life but in certain sections, you simply couldn’t ask for things to go better. This happened to me this last year. The sports Gods got together and said “Lets make Dayna’s sports world as perfect as we can! Championships all around!”. It was amazing, it was wonderful, and then it hit me. The “Perfect Season” had a down side…the let down.
If we were all so lucky
There are two sports I follow with great interest. My passion is the NFL, yet I’ve become one of “those people” who has fallen in love with Major League Soccer. My NFL team always has been and always will be the Seattle Seahawks. However, living in Kansas City for the last 14 years and just discovering MLS in the last 3-4 years, I’ve become a die-hard Sporting Kansas City fan. It is the only local team I cheer for and we’ve been season ticket holders for 2 years now. The 2013 season for both of my teams was amazing.
As all of you who read this website know, the Seahawks won the Super Bowl in a blow out game against the Denver Broncos. Well in case you don’t follow MLS, Sporting KC won the MLS Cup. Yes, both of my teams won the Championship. I am the fan that can’t lose! Teams should start begging me to switch allegiances. Jerry Jones should send me a gift basket just to give the Cowboys a little luck. BUT… there is always a but. How does a fan that has had the greatest year ever prepare for the next season? How does one wrap their brain around the fact that it is extremely difficult for a repeat in one sport, and almost statistically impossible to repeat in both? A large dose of reality usually does the trick.
Reveling in the euphoria
We re-watch the championship game. We take every opportunity possible to remind other fans that our team is the best. We walk around in our team gear knowing that every time someone sees it, they will know that this was our year! We get to enjoy this high for about 2 weeks. Then it begins. Often what happens to a team after they win the big game is it gets torn apart. Free agency has effectively killed the football dynasty. Having the reality that many of the amazing players that helped your team get to where they are will be gone makes a fan take pause. It also kills a bit of the winning buzz that fans have been riding on for the last few months. Players being signed, players being cut, players retiring, all part of the carousel that is a fans life. Now is it better to be a fan of a winning team during the off-season? Of course. I’m probably much happier to be watching the movements of my Super Bowl winning Seahawks than say a Houston Texans fan living through the crazy “who will they draft to save their team” talk. It’s still an anxious place to be. To know that there is a good chance your winning high, that amazing feeling of having won it all, won’t be there next season.
Back to reality
A realistic fan knows that you have to take the good with the bad and know that you just have to bask in it while you can. We have to enjoy going into the new season as a winner because not only does the team have a target on their backs, everyone’s expectations are sky high. We are on the radar of every head coach and GM in the NFL and with this league being a copycat league our style will be everywhere. Teams will be able to figure out how to beat us. The silver lining is the experience that winning a Super Bowl, or MLS Cup, brings is invaluable. We may have lost pieces, but gained so much more.
Enjoy it while you can
I am an excited, happy, proud fan. However, I’m also a realistic fan. I’m going to enjoy the ride that was my sports world last season knowing it will probably never happen again. After years of feeling I was bad luck to every team I liked, yes I felt cursed, now I am feeling something every fan hopes for at some point in their lives. Last season my teams had the Midas touch, and it was a whole lot of fun!
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