Here it is.
The day after.
The day after Georgia lost to Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Oddly enough, I’m not taking it as bad as I thought I would. I think I’m the kind of fan that is sinking in the expectations of being disappointed. At halftime when Georgia had dominated Alabama in the first half and held a 13-0 lead, I was expecting it to fall apart. I just hoped that Georgia would weather the storm. They didn’t.
Expecting to be disappointed.
That’s where I am as a sports fan. Sure it’s nice to just make it to the championship game but you might as well win it when you get there because you never know when you will be back again.
I can tell you that I didn’t take last night’s loss as hard as the Falcons’ collapse in last year’s Super Bowl. That one nearly did me in. I honestly came close to calling it quits to sports after that one. Yeah, I took that one the hardest of any loss any of my teams has had. In fact, I haven’t followed the Falcons like I have in past years.
Of course, I remind myself that whatever the outcome, my life isn’t changed by it. I still get up and go to work the next day. My life goes on regardless. It is simply entertainment. It’s just that recently my sports entertainment has disappointed me like watching the series finale of LOST. (Yes, I went there.)
I’m still wondering how Alabama even got into the playoffs since they didn’t win their conference. Yeah, I hear you talking about strength of schedule, blah, blah, blah. I still don’t think anyone should be in the college football playoffs if they don’t win their conference. It doesn’t matter. I’m not in charge and nobody asked me anyway. And, as I was reminded from one of my fellow sports friends, there is still controversy in determining the 68-team field for college basketball.
So what’s the next disappointment on my schedule? The Tennessee Titans are 100 point underdogs against the New England Patriots this weekend. (Actually it’s only 13.5 points but does it matter?) I know anything is possible but I’m expecting another disappointment there. I’m not throwing all of my emotions into it.
Losing still hurts regardless of how much “credit” the winning team gives you. So what? A loss is a loss. Alabama Coach Nick Sabban gets his sixth championship. I’m sure their fans are saying “Roll Tide” while Dawg fans are not talking. I’m not even talking about the game with other Dawg fans because the wound is still pretty fresh.
Some would say, “Why don’t you just change to a winning team?” Do you know how silly that sounds? It’s about like all these Cowboy fans that only come out when Dallas is winning. Yeah, I’m not going to do that.
Why do we go through this? Why do we set ourselves up to be disappointed? It’s crazy isn’t it?
When I went to sleep last night, I was doing like probably most other Dawg fans were doing last night, I was replaying the game in my head. Thinking about missed opportunities. Thinking about calls that weren’t made by the referees or the play calling at certain parts of the game.
I wake up to my life and getting ready for work. Nothing has changed there.
I think we all knew that Alabama would come back last night. Nick Sabban and his coaching staff know how to make adjustments and boy did they ever?
I’m going to stop short of congratulating them on winning the game. I don’t care about that or being a good sport about it. I’m not even thinking about “next year” or getting back there and winning it next year. It’s a long season. We will just move on to the next thing until we get there again. We can’t forget that it’s just a game. Our life is full of more important things than who wins and loses a game. Especially when I have no direct involvement in the team. Sometimes we lose sight of that in the excitement of the game.
When our teams lose, we should remember the good times. Think back to great comebacks and thrilling wins. I can tell you that no Dawg fans will be thinking about that today so don’t even try to console them with that but as they days pass, we will all remember that exciting win over Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl, the win over Florida and winning the SEC championship. It will just take some time.