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Sportsfan Psychology 101

I was nauseous for the entire second half of the Pats/Colts game, and I'm still nauseous today. I watched my team, the New England Patriots, crumble before the Indianapolis Colts. It was terrible. Excruciating. Gut-wrenching. Sad. But I admit, the MUCH better team won. For all you Indianapolis and Chicago people out there, your teams deserve this. Colts/Bears will be a good one. But for now, I'm grieving for my Patriots.

Thing is, I can’t say I didn’t see this coming; no empire lasts forever, not even the Patriots. And I can fully say that I enjoyed the ride while it lasted. Then again, the ride isn’t over, in fact, with a few good draft picks, some key free agent signings, next year, NEXT YEAR!!!…

I’m sorry, there I go again. A friend told me that I’m like Linus in the pumpkin patch, with my blanket, waiting for the Great Pumpkin to arrive. Yeah, he didn’t show up, but next year, he most assuredly will. That’s how I feel about the Patriots right now. I’m an optimist.

As part of my healing, I’m trying to understand why I care so much about my sports teams. There’ve been plenty of articles written by sportswriters about this, but I wanted the story from a psychological point of view. Here were the articles I found. A few things about me before you read on: I am not a hooligan; I don't get violent about sports; I don't talk about my teams in terms of "we"; and I don't stalk anybody. I just love a good game, especially when my teams win those good games. Enjoy.

The Social Psychology of the Creation of a Sportsfan Identity (Athletic Insight, the Online Journal of Sports Psychology, 2003)
Through the Wind and Rain (StudentBMJ, 2004)
Sports Fanatics (ScienCentral News, 2004)


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