The Case for Optimism in Sports

It baffles me how many sports writers and analysts dive into the sports world with an attitude of negativity and pessimism.

Kawhi Leonard 2019” by Chensiyuan is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Seriously, when is the last time you plopped on your couch or chair to watch sports hoping to be disappointed? Maybe you didn’t think your team had a chance (hello, fans of any team not from Houston going against the Warriors since KD arrived). But that’s not what I’m talking about.

No, I’m talking about sitting your butt down hoping to waste something like three hours of your life rooting for your team, only to get your heart ripped out and stomped on.

Oh, you’ve never hoped for that to happen? Then why, when scrolling through twitter, is negativity the focus? Maybe it’s just my feed, please correct this whole article if I’m wrong, but why do I see tweets from a basketball fan after their their team goes down four with three minutes left reading something like, “THIS IS THE WORST TEAM EVER! CAN’T BELIEVE THEY BLEW IT!!!”

All you need to do is check out @oldtakesexposed on twitter to see a plethora of tweets that are in the same ilk from the professional writers.

I’m not saying that we need to refrain from predictions or analysis that paint players or teams in a negative light, because that is absolutely within reason. But good grief, there is enough negativity in the real world as it is.

What I am saying — and this is the main point — is that the purpose of sports is for us to peel away from our normal lives and the real world into one that brings us together in the spirit of optimism, hope, and a little trash talk in favor of the teams we cheer for.

So the next time you’re watching a game or a match and find yourself staring at the TV like it tried to steal your lunch because of the result, just remember to remain optimistic and be grateful that it is sports, and not something much more serious, that is bringing you pain. There’s always the next game, next week or even next year.


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