You know that friend you have who hates losing? The one you really can’t be around when their team is losing or after that team has lost? You know that friend who often plans his schedule around sporting activities, whether it is his hometown high school football team, a Saturday afternoon baseball game, or a Sunday finish at Augusta National. (You can do these things when you are a single male!) Guess what folks? I am that guy! I am the Super-Loyal Homer!
I am the guy who doesn’t like to be told after a loss, “Well it was a good game,” or “Well, they had a great season.” As a very passionate Braves fan, I was told that quite a bit from 1991-2005. Now, a couple of days after the fact, we can discuss. But, in the heat of that moment (and the moments immediately following), keep those types of comments to yourself!
Someone asked me in the past, “Why do you get so caught up in something when, essentially, only one team is declared a winner at the end of the league, whether it is the World Series, the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, etc?” Well, my answer is simply this – it brings out passion. It brings out joy. Granted, sometimes you have heartbreaking defeats. I’m sure many people will remember Buffalo Bills kicker Scott Norwood missing a 47-yard field goal as time expired against the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXV. But, on the other end of the spectrum, you have events like the 2008 U.S. Open, when Tiger Woods essentially won on one leg. Where else can you duplicate such emotion? I go in knowing I could very well experience the agony of defeat, but that I could also experience the joy of victory. Just like in these Sports Debates.
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Loyal Homer’s Record is: Court Room: 32-48, King of the Hill: 48-74