42 y/o. male. Born and raised in Philly. (Philadelphia, PA; USA)
I need to get this out, because it’s apparently a big deal with people who know me, but it is true:
I really, really, really, really am happy not watching (or following) the Eagles, Flyers and Sixers! No, seriously: I don’t even worry about them! They don’t register on my care-o-meter. I lost interest years ago.
Note: I do watch the Phillies, because I respect the organization now, as they do what is required to make a run for the World Series. They are not perfect, and could spend a touch more, but they address things that need it, and I feel they make legit business decisions. They changed their whole approach a few years ago when the old (cheap) approach didn’t work. Kudos to them. Perfect? No. Worthy of my attention? Yes. They got nowhere via plan A, then came up with a new and improved plan – we’ll call it B.
I am a lifelong bleeder of Philly sports, especially hockey. Now? Now? ::shrug:: I have not watched a hockey game in over two years. Why? Because, they (Flyers organization) use the same approach year in and year out, but expect different results. They stay tied to guys to make decisions who were on the 1974 team. They don’t change their approach, and they expect different results. I am completely incapable of caring about them.
Eagles? They are the icons of no change. Again, they expect different results, and yet they do nothing to justify that expectation. You cannot repeat the same approach and philosophy in the organization and cross your fingers for better results.
Sixers? I don’t need to even elaborate.
So, news flash: None of my happiness is dependent on sports. If my team wins, well that is just fine and dandy, but I am very desensitized to the whole thing anymore. I cannot get excited about any of it. I am writing this just to make it formally known that I am happy today, and that’s because I don’t need the Eagles or any other team in Philly to do anything in hopes that it will make me happy. It’s a sucker’s move.
Maybe this is a little confusing to many here on the SDMB, but when you live in a major area like Philly, and the home football team loses to its declared enemy, the happiness is sucked right out of the people. Not me… but everyone I deal with is a mush face whiner today.
About a year ago I came up with this saying:
“I’d rather be doing something than watching something”
Sorry, guys. I’ll come over for wings, beer and laughs, but don’t expect my emotions to be wrapped up in some football game. I will probably get antsy and leave if we don’t actually do something.