There's a new excitement for me regarding sports now that I’m back in NY. I love the Giants and the Mets. Granted they didn’t do very well this past season, but here’s what I’ve noticed. When you’re a fan of a team, you’re a fan whether they are winning or losing. When they are losing you’re not happy, but still a fan regardless.
Living in NY you have to pick a team. Each sport has two professional teams and you have to pick one. I’ve not come across anyone who says they’re a fan of New York and they root for both the Yankees and the Mets. Met fans love the Mets and hate the Yankees – why? I don’t even know. It’s like most New Yorkers don’t like New Jersey (sorry Jersey).
Now that I’m older and the Giants are out of the playoffs, I can root for the Jets to win. I’m not passionate about the Jets, but for the sake of my brother-in-laws – I’ll not root against them.
Fans are fanatical. They are passionate. They are emotional. They are loyal. Did you ever notice how some dress up for the games? They paint their faces; they wear wigs and the uniforms of their teams. They scream, yell and carry on. They cheer when the game is going their way and yell when someone fumbles. This is very acceptable way to behave in today’s society. In fact it’s encouraged.
It didn’t matter where we lived in the United States; we were still Giants and Mets fans. We didn’t always get to see all the games and hear as much details as we do being back in New York, but fans we remained.
What evokes that type of passion in you? What causes you to be emotional? What are you loyal to? What difference does it make in your life and in the lives of others around you? What activity or place do you go to that stirs life within you?
Express your passion. Express your creativity. Express what God has placed in your heart and in your being to do. Go where there is life.
© Nadine Zawacki 2010
Image from NY Daily News Kostroun/AP