[Swede Synopsis: Tea Party is an advertising gimmick. Skip to comments.]
I used to care about teams and get some personal validation from their victories. This started as a child when I attached to the Milwaukee Braves and a Green Bay Packers. My mother’s family lived backed there, and I felt a connection. It did not hurt that they were really good teams.
Some time back in the early 90’s I got into a fantasy football league. Because the guy who ran the league absconded it’s the money, I took over the duties. What was fun hobby became a chore. But more interesting was that I could not watch a game with a team’s interest in mind. I could only think about individual performers. And more interesting yet, no matter the quality of the teams or their place in the standings, I usually had a financial reason to watch a game.
And more interesting yet, football became an annoyance. I always had that ulterior motive. I realized that I was not having fun, but rather obsessing, and quit. I’ve never much cared about it since.
Honestly, I’ve tried. I want to be a Denver Bronco fan, just to feel a part of this city. But last night sitting with relatives and feeling the genuine and sadness in that room, I whispered in my wife’s ear “It’s good not to care. Isn’t it.”
It was also good not to lose any money on the game. For every person who wins a bet, someone loses. In the long run, absent inside information, the odds are always 50-50.
I’m pretty good at politics. I can easily spot manipulation of the voting public. I see, for instance, that the Tea Party was not a natural occurrence, and that its primary beneficiary is Barack Obama. People don’t buy that. Not for a second. They cannot believe that political organizers are that smart, that much in control of the public mind. But they are. They really are that good.
And some time back, after I foolishly thought that the NFL might regard the rise of Fantasy Football as a problem, I realized that far from it, the NFL was behind the rise of that mass gambling enterprise.
The games are not rigged. But millions of (mostly) men and women have a reason to tune in to every game on TV, no matter the quality of the teams or their place in the standings.
During the football season I check out the upcoming schedule every week and go down the list … “don’t care … don’t care … don’t care …” Jacksonville vs. Tennessee? Houston vs. San Diego? I have learned to enjoy the athleticism for its own sake, but have to ignore the fact that these guys line up before games to take a shot of pain-killer in the ass.
Sorry about that, City of Denver. You’re still a great city. So is Seattle. Don’t get so down! It’s just a game. Most of those guys aren’t even from here.