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long and hard for your favorite team, but try to keep the games
we watch and play in perspective
B.J. Violett í81
by Gary Panter
in the stands at Pauley, listening to the moaning and whining --
sometimes even booing -- I feel more like Iím back on an elementary
schoolyard than surrounded by educated, supposedly sophisticated
adults. Fall a few points behind, and the chatter starts: ďJ.R.
isnít trying!Ē ďToby is the worst three-point shooter!Ē Before the
game is close to over, fans are criticizing Coach Lavinís rotation
and his ability to prepare the team: ďHow can these guys miss so
many free throws -- donít they ever practice?Ē
those ďfansĒ put half their negative energy into cheering and supporting
the team, Pauley might be a louder and more intimidating place in
which to play. And it would help inspire our team to victory. Remember
last yearís Duke game, when the electricity in Pauley was spine-tingling
and the crowd roar deafening? Itís not always like that. Because
itís easier to go negative than positive.
itís only a game, right? Not life and death. Not even love and marriage.
So why do we feel so much better when we win, when our team wins?
Letís see: When our team wins, that makes us winners. Hmm. Then
when our team loses, that makes us losers? Truth is, we all win
some and lose some. Itís what makes us human and life interesting.
In the end, itís only a game.