Things for which I am Thankful: Day 2
For the week leading up to Thanksgiving, I’m going to pick 7 things for which I am thankful and post them on here.
Day Two, Friday, November 20, 2009:
Having thick enough skin to root for Vanderbilt
I’d be lying to myself if I said I didn’t have a sports-watching problem. Its a full-on addiction that used to involve the Yankees, Knicks and Giants and now has matured to the Commodores in NCAA football, basketball and baseball.
The only problem is that, while I take great joy in the teams’ accomplishments and the integrity with which they are run, Vanderbilt fans are also the Job of the sports world. There is no way in which God has not seen fit to test us. Put another way is the true Vandy sports fan motto: “The Commodores: Snatching Defeat from the Jaw of Victory.”
Even now, mired in the midst of perhaps the most disappointing football season in history (based on expectations and results), it’s hard to complain because you’re used to it as a Vandy fan. You learn to deal with the humiliation and gameday negativity in football, knowing you can look forward to another sport for another season.
I’ve allowed my expectations of a Final Four this year and an Omaha sometime in the next two to perhaps get too grand, but what can I say… we went to a bowl last year making ‘Dore fans newly optimistic. When it all comes crashing down and we get Siennnnnnna’ed in the first round as a three seed or upset hosting a regional by another Alan F’ng Oakes boob, I’ll have thick enough skin to deal with it.
Or I can always do what Vandy fans do upon SEC defeats and just point to the graduation rates and say that that’s what really matters.