The other day, the Philadelphia Eagles lost in the first round of the playoffs to the New Orleans Saints. Naturally, Philly sports fans spring into full-fledged depression mode. All of them are all moping around like the world is a lost cause and the Eagles' loss was the worst occurrence anyone had ever seen. To all of this, a non-sports fan asks a question:
"Why do guys get so worked up and shocked when their favorite team loses?"
This was a punch in the jaw... a slap in the face... a kick in the junk. It was tough to respond to this question because the answer, to me, was so obvious. Sports are an investment. This isn't the team or a team or his team. This is our team.
Some people see football as a bunch of men fighting over a brown ball. I see some of the world’s fastest, strongest and most incredible athletes working as a team to win an American tradition that has taken place for almost a century. These athletes are the entertainment for millions of people every weekend. I'm not just talking about what we see on Sundays. There is a lot more to it than that. From the beginning of OTAs (organized team activities) on May 13th to Super Bowl Sunday on February 2nd. Let us not forget the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25th.
We analyze and follow the trades, cuts and actions of our beloved team until it's time for the players and coaches to take the field for the first game. It is at that moment when we begin to spend more than three hours every weekend for 17 straight weeks watching football on the weekends. We don't simply watch our favorite team and turn off the TV. We watch our favorite teams rivals and those who our team will face next.
As each week passes, you grow slightly more attached to your team. You realize that it is more than just a silly sport. It is a national competition that we need to win. And as if this wasn't all enough, the playoffs take it all to the next tier. Win, and move on. Lose, and go home.
The fan becomes part of the team. The two build off of each other until the ultimate dream is met. The dream is same for all facets of life. The dream is success and this dream is the Super Bowl. This is not an average person watching average people on TV. This is a bond that has formed over months. The I's and the you's turn into we's. This is the moment that we have all been waiting for. This is not the representation of a man, but that of a city. And this is our investment.