I admit, I'm not a hardcore sports fan. I was at one time though. As a kid I worshipped the Seattle Seahawks, the Seattle Supersonics and the Vancouver Canucks. But soon I realized that no amount of cheering could ever help my teams to win a championship. Being a fan was utterly frustrating.
It all came to a head in 1994 when the Canucks got all the way to game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. They lost that game. Along with everyone else in the city, I felt heart broken. Never again I thought. Never again will I allow myself to get so entirely consumed by something I have absolutely no control over. And that was it. I stopped watching professional sports and stopped participating in team sports.
Some would call me a band wagoner. I think I was just young and driven to find my own success in life. And obsessing over sports teams and celebrity athletes eventually felt pointless and juvenile. I'd take in a game here and there, but never really got too into it.
Five or so years ago I started studying happiness. (As to why, I'll leave that for a future post) I realized that being too obsessive over only doing 'important stuff' was not at all helping my level of happiness. That sometimes 'wasting time' and doing kid stuff again, brought back the joy of youth for a moment. I looked at my life and realized that I no longer did any of the things I enjoyed so much as a kid. No sports. No video games. No comic books. So I made a conscious effort to do kid stuff again. I started playing video games again. I even read a few comic books. And slowly, I got back into sports.
I think it was the 2007/2008 season when I started easing my self back into watching the Canucks again. I liked what I saw. It didn't take long for me to get right back into it. Sitting at the edge of my seat and jumping up and down like an idiot when they scored.
Twitter helped. For a while I was the only person in my household watching sports. It was really cool to follow along with fellow Canuck tweeters and watch the games together. It's almost like being in the same room with them.
During the Olympics, I pretty much took the entire time off of work and became a full time sports fanatic. And I wasn't let down either. Team Canada won hockey gold, both men's and women's. In fact Canada won more gold medals than any other country. I cheered. My team one. A fan couldn't ask for more. I thought maybe I should give the Canucks another shot.
Wouldn't it have been awesome to see Canada win the gold in Vancouver in 2010 and see the Vancouver Canucks win the Stanley Cup in 2011! That's what I was fantasizing about. But alas, it didn't happen. The Canuck's just couldn't defeat the stellar goal tending of Tim Thomas. Boston beat Vancouver fair and square.
And you know what? I'm ok. Sure, I'm disappointed, but I'm happy with how far our team got. We finally have a LEGENDARY hockey team in Vancouver. If we keep the core players together and improve even slightly, I'm sure we'll see the Stanley Cup come to Vancouver again. I believe.
And the riots? I don't want to talk about the riots. I'm not ok with that. That makes me sad.
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