There are times when being a sports fan is the ultimate high. When your favorite team or player is playing, it brings a level of excitement and anticipation that can be higher than any other particular feeling. Shoot, it can feel that way even when neither team is one you ride with, which is the case this year with The 2016 NBA Finals. There's also the feeling of stress, which is odd considering that being a fan rarely has an impact on the action on the floor. Sure, there's home court advantage, but when it comes to professional athletes competing for the ultimate prize, how important is a home crowd for real?
When looking at it in this context, it seems silly to stress over a game, especially when a fan's presence, or lack thereof, does not play a role in who wins and who loses. So why stress? Even more, why watch a game when the teams, nor the players, are one's favorites at their craft? It's a question asked to a number of the homies, namely Ed, who always has a ready response:
"Sports are the ultimate reality show."
As long as the elements of competition are in the atmosphere and sport is the medium which brings all of these elements together, stress will invariably be present. Yes, there will be joy and pain, word to Frankie Beverly and Maze. There will be enthusiasm and excitement. There will also be stress, even when one does not have a dog in the fight (absolutely no pun intended).
It makes no sense to sacrifice sleep to stay up late to watch the game. It isn't logical to let food get cold because you're afraid to eat and end up sick when watching the team you're rooting for play like dogshit. When it comes to being a fan of sports, sense and logic are not the strongest factors of the equation. Remember, fan is short for fanatic.
In the scope of competition with sports as the canvas, there's a winner and a loser. In the midst of all that lie the fans. All fans gotta do is watch. Besides, if the action isn't going the way it should to please you, its totally fine to cut the game off and try again next time.