I got to thinking about sports teams and how we root for a certain team. And it is all very simple yet very complicated.
It starts with picking a team to root for (or is it - for which to root?). I probably like Philly teams because I grew up here and my family rooted for the Phillies and the Eagles. But I find that if someone I know well has a different special team, it can make me like that team, too. However, there are certain teams that I can't imagine rooting for: The Cowboys, Red Sox, Mets come to mind and come to think of it - that might be it.
I never developed game day superstitious behaviors, but I watch these games like I watch scary movies. First, I have a book in my lap that I can look at if I don't like what is going on. Second, I can escape to the kitchen if it gets too tense. Third, I listen to the announcers so I know when to look up and cheer or look away (Drat!). Finally, I am happiest when the game is an Eagles / Phillies blowout - then I can settle in and watch the game.
So there is a big game for the Eagles vs. the dreaded Cowboys this Saturday night. I'm thinking that they will be better off if I don't watch the game. I haven't been home to see many games this year - but I have watched BOTH losing games against the Cowboys. Herein lies the problem. Coincidence? Perhaps not! Maybe I'm cursed.
I am getting a complex about the teams I cheer for even casually. Last night I liked Texas longhorns - they lost. I rooted for Florida in the SEC championship game - they lost. Cornell was beating Kansas (Basketball) until I started paying attention to the game - then Cornell lost. Maybe if I employ reverse psychology and root for the team I don't want to win.........
That's it! That will be my win-win scenario. I root for the Cowboys and if they win, hey - that's who I rooted for and the curse is broken. If they lose - the Eagles win! Good news again! (Although there still might be a curse).
I don't know - I'm still playing around with my options......
Here is my favorite Eagles photo. Thought I'd share it with you.