Andy Dalton | Cincinnati Bengals (Photo credit: Football Schedule)
One has to be crazy to watch two teams battle it out on a field only to be elated or disappointed within seconds. A die hard fan will put on his or her jersey, set all the fixin’s on the table and wait anxiously for the opening kick-off. The fan calls plays at the screen as if the quarterback can hear what is being said. He or she screams at the player who dropped the ball or the quarterback who throws the interception, believing that they somehow care about your disappointment. But what drives the fan to such frenzy over a game?
Watching football is nerve-racking. It plays with your emotions, causing some men to cry like babies and some women to spew out profanity like a sailor. It is the up and down inconsistency of the game that drives fans insane. While watching the Cincinnati Bengals play the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night, the Bengals were favored to win by 3 points. I figured it would be a kicker’s game and not so much of a shoot out. But the Halloween mojo cursed QB Andy Dalton with 2 interceptions and only 3 points on the board in the first three quarters. Fans were in an uproar as they watched there favorite team collapse right before their eyes.
The Bengals are 6-2 standing pretty at the top of the AFC North and all fans can think about are their hopes and dreams of a playoff run dashed when things go south. Football fans have tunnel vision and only see what is in front of them. They choose not to view their team in a panoramic view and that there are still 8 games or so left in the season. But if your a fan of the Miami Dolphins and you just watched in disbelief your team give up 17 unanswered points, this unpredictable game just killed the dream. Football can be a love-hate relationship.
But the mystery lies in the devotion of fans to their team. The hope is in the possibility of the team turning it around, making plays happen and coming out the victor. The dream comes to life when they make it to the Super Bowl and all the years of heartache and disappoints just disappear in one season. Then it starts all over again and becomes a vicious cycle. The 2013 season has had some dream killing teams such as the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants, while other teams such as the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos have inspired hope.
But after all the fantasy teams have accepted their wins and losses and the Vegas bets have been paid the anticipation for the NFL circle of life begins again and football fans everywhere convince themselves that this will be the week, this will be the win. As a Chicago Bears fan I can only hope that this is the case on Monday Night against the Green Bay Packers. With 12 seconds left on the clock the Dolphins tie it up 20-20 to go into overtime. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton gets sacked in the end zone and gives the Dolphins the 2-points needed to win. The hopes ring true for Miami fans and the haters will spew venom on Mr. Dalton.
Football is an unpredictable dream killer. It’s what fans live for.
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