I'm sure Cougarboard is no different then the myriad of other sports forums. People are all the same, regardless of who they root for in terms of their sports teams.
What I don't get is the ridiculous expectations that fans create with something they have ZERO ability to control. How can you get so upset or irate over a sporting event
where you are not even involved personally?
Maybe that's why I get so tired of the posts after a game. Far from being technically critical, many posts are personal, as if that poster actually lost something in the game.
No wonder players look at fans sometimes as a pain in the butt, rather then look at them as support. I've watched as Riley Nelson and other athletes get pilloried by CougarBoard
posters, who claim they are fans. Fanatical yes, realistic no!
I'm not talking about the dumb posts that most of us are guilty of from time to time, I'm talking about the vitriol that you see in some posts. Coaches always seem to get the most hate and anger. Before the internet, I wonder how much yewt Lavell would have been said about him and his staff. Even without the internet, I remember the call in shows after the games, and how much fans hated Norm Chow. Sports radio hit the airwaves in the 90's and it was a daily beat down on Norm Chow, Lavell at that point was treated with kid gloves by the local media.
I guess with age, I'm realizing that I can't affect the outcome of a game. No amount of "upset" is going to alter the score. Whining about play calling isn't going to make Anae call the game differently. Complaining about how Taysom doesn't see certain reads, isn't going to make him read the next one correctly. Getting so upset emotionally, that you literally have to
bust your spleen in a online post.. is that healthy? I'm not trying to say I'm perfect, I still get into my fair of post battles with these fans I have the issue with in terms of the belly aching about the team and coaches. But for sometime now I've not allowed BYU's performance on the field to affect my life, either in a positive or negative way. I did make that mistake when I was younger. It started when I was a kid, and until I hit my early 30's, losing a game to Utah would be the END OF THE WORLD. My wife is a Ute supporter (I wouldn't call her a fan, she can't name anyone on their team), but she'd get into the rivalry game. I'd go nuts if we lost to Utah, I wouldn't even talk to her for two days because she'd like to tease me after we lost. She actually developed a phobia about even talking to me about the game, it was simply ridiculous. Then one day I finally realized, how stupid is it for me to almost have a dang heart attack over a stupid game that means very little in the long run.
It's just entertainment, and escape. It's fun to watch these young men put it all out on the line. The only time now I really get disappointed, is when I get really invested in following the team and they just flat out give up. I'm sorry, but I haven't seen that with this years team. They haven't give up, not once. Every single game they played their yewts off. Anyone who thinks these coaches don't care is certifiable crazy. They care and they care a great deal.
As for the criticism of a call, or a play. Fine! If you really have to vent, then do so. But don't attack the coaches, don't attack individual players. I can almost guarantee that 99% of you have no flipping clue what these guys go through or how hard it really is on the field during a game. Many of you couldn't even make a high school starting lineup, but you are experts on what the coaches should be doing, or how horrible Riley Nelson was because he wasn't blessed with the best arm.
Yeah, I'm on a pedestal and if you want to make a lame comment about that, go right ahead. But this is really only a call for some of you to relax! Check your blood pressure, it's really not worth being grouchy and upset over these games. Honestly, once I let that go when I was younger, I've really enjoyed the games much more. I've also realized that there are a lot of other things as important or more important then watching a football game. But when I get the chance, I do enjoy watching the cougars. I'm also proud of how these players this year battled in every game. I'm feeling really positive that we're going to see some amazing years with Hill and Williams. Yes, we have a lot of issues that need to be worked on, but I am confident the coaches understand the challenges and they believe they can fix those issues. I'm also looking forward to watching the Nevada game, and I'm excited about beating the tar our of a over hyped PAC12 team in December.
It's going to be FUN! And if we lose, it's still going to be FUN!