Being involved in sports, on any field, exposes you to just about every type of experience. If you’re a player, you play. Coaches coach, managers manage, etc. It really can be a monotonous, boring, and trying series of events, and even the best of people at times just run out of ways to illustrate it. It can explain how a hitter can go to the plate, and go 0-4, or how a great basketball player can have a horrible shooting night, or how a quarterback can throw the football everywhere except for a receiver’s hands. There are sometimes when everyone just has one of those days, and instead of wallowing in pity about it, the best thing for them to do (and what they usually do) is charge it to the game, regroup, and come back stronger the next time around.
When it comes to people who cover sports, the feeling can be similar. Honestly, it’s safe to say a fair segment of our audience watches ESPN on a daily basis, and you all probably watch Sportscenter at least once, twice…maybe, six times a day. In those times you watch the show, how many times do you hear a particular story over and over again? If it’s not the same thing, ESPN will come with another angle to give you the same tired story. That’s not what we do at ETSF. Something we take pride in is providing original, thought-provoking content, and also to provide you insight from the perspective of an everyday fan. That’s something that’s not only fun, but something we feel has an audience that’s receptive to it, and the best part is: we all win.
Arguably, the greatest thing about being a fan is that there is no pressure to be a fan, whatsoever. Think about it: fans can go to a basketball or hockey game, sit there with 15-20,000 people (or even four times more, if it's a football or baseball game), make noise, eat food, drink, cheer, talk crazy to folks, high-five strangers, and whether your team wins or loses, fans always win. There aren’t any reporters hovering over you after a game, talk radio isn’t analyzing the way you cheer your team on, and there aren’t any blogs, websites, or other forms of media waiting to criticize, crucify, and ridicule you. It’s just…fun.
You can take this mindset to a sports bar and really get it going, since inhibitions are pretty much minimal to non-existent. It applies to road trips, which takes one’s fandom to an even higher level, and pretty much anywhere where all of the elements of competition are in place. Hell, you can look at Twitter during any of these playoff games, and it’s about as close to a watch party you can have, if you wanna look at the game with people, without actually leaving the house. That’s what being a fan is all about; it’s about having fun. The game unites people together, in our collective fandom. Everything else is for the birds.
That’s what it's all about; simple and plain. Being a fan is the best part of sports, period. When you don’t have anything to say, remember the reason you’re watching in the first place. Let players stress out, lose sleep, cuss out reporters, and act a plum fool. For all the good that comes with being on the field, the ice, or the court, there’s even more enjoyment watching it from the side.
P.S. If you missed our live show, you can download our weekly podcast of "Unsportsmanlike Conduct" on the ETSF Radio Network, as we are live Wednesday's at 9pm Eastern at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/edthesportsfan!