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記事日時: Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:16 pm    記事の件名: Our Ducks started to tire and Kansas looked ready to pounce 引用付きで返信

One night while watching the NCAA basketball tournament, I realized I wasn’t a genuine Oregon fan. Late in the second half, our Ducks started to tire and Kansas looked ready to pounce. I coolly turned to my friend, Rob, and predicted “Here’s where they go down.”

He was leaning forward and excitedly answered, “Naw, the Ducks have been there before; they’ll rally.”


Turned out Rob nailed it. Sure, it could have gone either way. But Rob’s emotional comment meant more than him simply knowing his basketball. He knew how to be a fan.

We’re privileged to have terrific sports teams not only in Eugene but throughout the state for details, see the June 10 Register ­Guard editorial, “Life beyond football,” or the June 27 guest viewpoint about the dominance of the Pac 12 Conference . So in a certain way, anyone’s gusto for the Ducks’ perseverance seems natural. That is, a super basketball team made it easy for Rob to be a fan.

And yet at the heart of his fandom resided something else An authentic fan, like Rob, feels inspirited or inspired.

The word “fan” derives from fanatic, from the Latin fanaticus, “insanely and divinely inspired.” And this relates to the Roman fanum, a sacred worshipping place such as a temple or holy shrine. Our stadiums and ballfields have become our fanums for our divinely inspired fanatics.

Hence, while it is true that a fan might analyze statistics and scrutinize facts as I sometimes do, the real job of a fan is to become irrational, not rational. We root for the Ducks not because of their acknowledged athleticism and ability, but because we’ve been captured emotionally by who they are.


Fandom is like falling in love Reason won’t help you. I discovered this aspect when this same basketball team made it to the Final Four NCAA semi finals. Even before the tournament had started https://www.oregonbasketballjersey.com/chris-boucher-jersey-c-11.html, using logic, careful evaluation and facts, I determined them likely to be defeated early. Rob had them winning the whole thing.

The difference? Rob was a slightly insane but wholly inspired fan. Me? I wasn’t really a fan; I mainly didn’t want to get my heart broken.

I understand now that by being a cautious or realistic fan, I wasn’t one at all. I enjoyed watching the Ducks, of course Dylan Ennis Jersey, but I didn’t believe in them; I tempered my excitement with reason to ensure that I wouldn’t get hurt. That may be smart, but it isn’t very wise.

A pseudo fan like myself will never completely feel the insane, irrational joy of sports “miracles.” And they happen a lot. Think of the 1980 U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team. Or baseball’s greatest miracle The 2004 Red Sox comeback against the Yankees. Or recently, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2016 historic rally from a 3 1 series deficit in the NBA finals.

In each of these moments, the realists https://www.oregonbasketballjersey.com/dillon-brooks-jersey-c-10.html, like me, state impressive facts and say “There’s no chance.” The devoted fans simply exclaim, “You need faith.”

I can see now how the genuine fan exults with her tremendous high when an underdog surprises everyone. And how the moderate fan enjoys the same situation, but somehow fails in really being a part of the experience. The so so fan has cushioned herself from any disappointment in the outcome. It’s a survival tactic, but one that overlooks something.

The missing key?

Enthusiasm.

William Blake wrote that “enthusiastic admiration is the first principle of knowledge and the last.”

So, if you’re like me, you can’t claim to be a fan and talk research and explain probabilities. You need to have that “first principle of knowledge” spiritual engagement. Only with a faithful commitment to uncritical dedication, unreasoned and wholly loyal, can a fan completely rejoice in the poetry of victory or authentically suffer the disappointment of defeat.

Does all this talk of miracles, faith https://www.oregonbasketballjersey.com/evan-gross-jersey-c-9.html, and devotion sound a bit like religion? That’s intentional.

In fact, Leicester University held a conference not long ago with the title “Religion and Fandom.” A true fan, like a religious devotee, believes beyond reason, has faith regardless of facts, and enthuses fully. Sport fandom grows into a divine place where passion can safely win over calculation; it’s a time to see reason moving beyond experience to enter the life of the spirit.

So the next time that you’re at Hayward Field cheering Deajah Stevens or Alexi Pappas, remember that you’re not only supporting superb athletes, you’re also knockin’ on heaven’s door.
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