Why Exactly Do We Want Fans?

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The Evil Spawn loves sports

I used to.

I don’t remember the exact date my relationship changed with athletics, but it was around the time I became a principal.

That’s when I started watching the crowd instead of the game.

No longer was I focusing on the players.

Now I got to spend hours and hours watching people scream. 

Scream at the game.  The referees.  The coaches.  The scorekeeper.  The players.  And on very special occasions when they just couldn’t take it anymore… each other.

I’ve never understood this.

If you ask parents (and grandparents), they will tell you they love their children’s games.  They look forward to them.

They plan their schedules so they can be there.  They make sacrifices to get their children to practices.  They commit their hard-earned money to shoes and equipment.

Yet, as I look up into the crowd I don’t see a lot of happiness and smiles.

I see anger, paranoia, nerves, and bitterness.

Why is this?

Why can’t people take athletics for what they are.

They are a moment in time.  They are life.

And just like life, they don’t always turn out the way you want.

Sports should be used as a teaching opportunity on how to deal with success.  And failure.

How to get along with others.  How to find your place in a situation bigger than yourself. 

How to lose (and just for the record… losing is okay).

Kids should grow up and only have wonderful memories from their time participating in athletics.

They shouldn’t leave the experience with a headache from all the screaming.

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6 Responses to “Why Exactly Do We Want Fans?”

  1. Wozza
    on Feb 18th, 2012
    @ 10:16 pm

    Sorry but I need to quote the bard – ‘She knows there’s no success like failure, and that failure’s no success at all’ (from Love minus zero/No limit).

  2. Linsanity | Full Court Press
    on Feb 19th, 2012
    @ 2:07 am

    [...] article after reading the principle’s page blog this morning on a similar theme about how “sports should be used as a teaching opportunity on how to deal with success”. This entry was posted in Uncategorized by Jack Gallagher. Bookmark the [...]

  3. Jack
    on Feb 19th, 2012
    @ 2:45 am

    Hi Michael,

    I couldn’t agree with you more that “sports should be used as a teaching opportunity on how to deal with success. And failure”. More people should have a look around and practice self-awareness when they are observing or participating in sporting events. There’s so much more benefit that can be derived from the sporting experience and educating people can be the vehicle to reach that aim. There’s a great article on the NBA’s Jeremy Lin that points out 10 great lessons we can learn from his story that relates to using sports as a positive force in our lives



  4. Bill
    on Feb 19th, 2012
    @ 3:35 pm

    Unfortunately Mike is has been engrained in our psyche the notion is that no one likes or wants to be a loser… It should be about the effort, work and competition. To be competitive is the win or lose period.

  5. Marcus Byrd
    on Feb 20th, 2012
    @ 5:08 pm

    I had the pleasure of umpiring my way through college. T-ball parents are the worst. Each and everyone of those players will soon be in the majors and do not tell the parents any different.

    They all (parents, grandparents, referees, skorekeepers, and coaches) forget the important things.


  6. Anna Darby
    on Feb 23rd, 2012
    @ 7:31 pm

    Hi Mr. Smith. My name is Anna Darby, and I am and EDM 310 student at the University of South Alabama. I read your article, and I couldn’t agree more. Whether the players are kids or adults, no one wants their memories of games to be filled with anger and disappointment. Why do these so called fans find it necessary to get ill over a GAME? Anger at sporting events has been increasingly evident to me as I’ve grown up. Kids might not notice it as much as teens or adults – but they still notice it. They shouldn’t have to deal with their friends/family/coaches/etc. telling them that they could do better or should have won. As fans, these people need to encourage their loved ones who are playing sports, whether they win or lose. It’s not all about winning, as long as they have fun doing what they do.

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