17.Oct.2010 I’m Beaved Out
Games like last night's make me wonder if it's worth the mental and physical tole of following the Beavs passionately.
During the entire 4th quarter, and especially during the overtime, my body felt physically ill, stressed, even shaking at times. Even the half dozen cocktails in my system couldn't keep me calm. After the liquor passed through my system, it still took a couple Xanax to sooth the nerves enough to fall asleep around 2am.
I feel like today is not the time to criticize, but instead it's a day to question the perils of being a fan.
So, for you, reader, I have three questions:
1. Do you think it's worth risking one's health to watch this team? After all, it's well known stress is a silent killer.
2. Does anyone else have this type of physiological and emotional response to loses?
3. Why the hell do we put ourselves through this?
Reading the comments, it seemed many fans were feeling Beaved out last night.
I'm wondering if it's not wiser to simply tune out "the process" of working towards a Rose Bowl. Maybe it's better to turn on the TV once a year, January 1st, and see who's playing in the Granddaddy. If it's the Beavers, great. Maybe that's better for my health, for our health?
Anyway, I feel shot this afternoon. There's a lot of criticism to dish out, but I don't have the will or energy to talk about the specifics or beat dead horses right now. For those who do, by all means discuss it in the comment area.
The reality is I'll get a few nights of good sleep, stay away from the bottle and pills, not watch any NCAA next weekend, and after the bye I'll come back more passionate than ever. What we should all do is turn off the TV and computer all together until January 1st.