It’s not easy being a fan.
Fans rally around their chosen sports teams, cheering them on from near and far, unable to affect the outcome of a game, often left despondent by a win that slipped through their very fingers.
Folks who have read this blog long enough know that I’m a fan of my alma mater’s teams as well as of Domer’s alma mater.
Fortunately for me, we don’t usually play one another. (Well, we did back in the day — 1977 — and my team, the underdog, won, but that’s history.)
Today, both my Ole Miss Rebels and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are sporting 6-0 records, and it feels GOOD.
For the Irish, winning seasons are almost commonplace, but this is interesting territory for my Rebs. It’s been a LONG time since the Glory Days of quarterbacks Archie Manning and his son Eli leading Ole Miss to impressive seasons.
Not that we’ve never been on top, but it’s been since John F. Kennedy was in the White House that we ended with a 10-0 season. In fact, our 2011 season ended with a 2-10 record, and we were winless in our SEC Conference.
So that’s why this year feels so GOOD!
Halfway through the season, Ole Miss is ranked No. 3 in the Nation! We’re one of only six FBS teams still undefeated.
True sports fans probably seem odd to non-sports fans. Those who don’t wrap their schedules around when other people are playing games that don’t have a whole lot of bearing on the price of tea in China, for instance.
Avid fans probably seem like kooks. Crazies. Idiots. I know my dog thinks so.
Every time Ole Miss gets a touchdown, I jump to my feet, do the Happy Dance, and scream.
Poor Dallas must think the house is on fire!
But watching my teams win feels GOOD. And trust me, winning is a whole lot more fun than losing!