I’ve always been a fanatic


By Chris Slone - cslone@civitasmedia.com



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Most people have a competitive streak flowing through their veins. Whether it’s a game of pickup basketball or an ole fashioned game of paper toss — while the boss is on vacation of course — most people enjoy the thrills of winning and the agony of defeat.

That’s what makes sports so great. They even have a name for crazy lunatics who scream at their TVs every time their favorite team is playing and it’s not going according to plan — they are called fans. The term “fan” is even a derivative from the word “fanatic.”

So, think about that, every sports fan is already admitting they are a fanatic and yes, I’m raising my hand as well. And this time of year, my frantic self starts going nuts as the NFL playoffs get underway. If you know me, it’s no secret I’m a New England Patriots fan. If you don’t know me, you probably think I jumped on the bandwagon when the Tom Brady era reached its pinnacle. Well, I’ll quickly dispel those rumors by admitting I was one of the idiots in 2001 who was in favor of Drew Bledsoe starting over Brady against the Rams in the Super Bowl. So, while I’ve been a fan of the team since I was a kid, I’ll admit I would have blown the biggest game changer in franchise history.

Now that we got that out of the way. I’ve been fortunate enough to watch the Patriots win four Super Bowls. And Vegas has New England as the odds on favorite to win again this season. Whether they do or not remains to be seen.

On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve felt the heartbreak of three Super Bowl loses. Each one is still like a nightmare that won’t go away. Regardless of who your favorite team is or what sport you even watch, if your lucky enough to witness your team win a championship, relish every second. You never know if you’ll ever see it again.

I often replay the 2014 Super Bowl in my mind and often pull it up on Youtube. Down by 10 in the fourth quarter, Brady completed nine out of his final 10 passes, with the one in-completion of being a perfect pass game, to give New England a 28-24 victory over Seattle.

I’ll never forget that Super Bowl and I hope that this season I’ll be celebrating another one. But I’ve learned to never take anything for granted. I have several family members that are Cincinnati Bengals fans and they are still waiting to celebrate their first championship, and if that ever happens, I’m sure they’ll go nuts.

So sit back and enjoy the playoffs if you’re a professional football fan and if you’re not — there’s no hope for you.

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By Chris Slone

cslone@civitasmedia.com