Dealing with Loss
The mood in Minnesota today is uneasy as the Vikings lurch toward a possible playoff appearance, dependent on the outcome of their game against the hapless Arizona Cardinals this afternoon. Will we see the Vikings that bludgeoned good teams such as the Chiefs and Seahawks? Or instead will we see the heartless choke artists that crumbled in the face of the stink emanating from teams like the Chargers, Raiders, and Giants?
Hard to say, but the conditioned response of any long time Vikings fan to a critical game like this is to assume the worst. This will help you maintain Bud Grant-like stoic dignity during the likely painful ordeal to follow.
Accepting loss with dignity is something the fans in Columbus, Ohio haven’t quite figured out yet. As reported in today’s Star Tribune:
The Columbus Blue Jackets last won a game on Dec. 2 and are winless (0-6-1-2) in nine games, a team record. They remain without a road win (0-11-1-2).
...sentiment among fans [is best summarized] with the tale of Mike O'Harra, the first season-ticket holder in club history. O'Harra committed to front-row seats for seven years and became the face of the team's fan base. He's appeared in advertisements for the club.
Well, with 32 minutes, 58 seconds to go in a 2-1 loss to Calgary, O'Harra turned his Blue Jackets jersey inside out and put a brown paper bag over his head. "I'm embarrassed," he said. "I hate to let anyone know I'm spending this much money for these games."
I empathize with the guy, but I do question his strategy. In order to avoid embarrassment over spending huge dough to attend a lousy team's game, he chooses to parade around the arena like a jackass. Sounds like Ohio logic to me.