You might call me a fanatic. When it comes to my favorite teams — the Iowa Hawkeyes, Dallas Cowboys, and Orlando Magic — I love them. I identify with them that makes me spend my financial resources and invest my emotional time in the outcomes of their events.
It’s what makes sports so great.
I’m sure we can all remember our favorite sporting event. Mine was being at the 2010 Orange Bowl in Miami and watching the Iowa Hawkeyes defeat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets for the first BCS bowl win in Iowa history. That is a memory that you can never take away from me. I also made sure to record plenty of video of it too.
The identity we have to our favorite teams cause us to feel such highs and lows from the outcomes and performances of our favorite teams. I still get chills every time I watch this video from the 2010 FIFA World Cup:
That’s just 100% pure joy and emotion that might not ever be replicated again. Some fans don’t even wait until the end of the game, or a game-winning shot to let out their emotions. They just wait silently until the 10th point is scored in a basketball game, a tradition at Taylor University:
You always hear coaches and players thank the fans, and while it sounds cliche, it’s because it is. But there is truth behind it. Without us fans, these guys would essentially be playing by themselves in an open gym, field, or diamond. It doesn’t matter what type of fan you are, if you support a team with either emotional resources or financial resources, you’re part of what makes the role of sports what it is today.
So next time you go to the stadium and arena and are idolizing the players performances, just know that you too play a part.