Yesterday was difficult, and today will be difficult, too for Bay Area sports fans. For the diehard superfan 49ers fans, this whole offseason will be difficult. Giants fans, though, have the luxury of sitting pretty and being as obnoxious as they want to be, although I do wonder what superfans of both the Giants and 49ers are going through right now. The way this article is titled makes it feel like it could be featured on Bleacher Report (though it is missing the word “slideshow”), and that makes me feel horrible, because no one should be put through that. While there is some to be learned from the game yesterday, I can only solidly give what we can be reminded of, as fans of the Giants, and fans of baseball.
1) Sometimes you need a little luck to win: The advanced scouts, the talent, the planning, the play-calling, and the execution are all vastly important aspects of any sports match in these days, but there is an element of things even they cannot control, like the officials that make judgment calls, or stadium power outages, that may be critical to the way a game progresses.
2) It’s OK to like other sports than just baseball: Sometimes it’s difficult for me to come to terms with this for me, but corny as it sounds, it really is your life and what’s so bad about enjoying another team, especially one that can bring you together with friends, food, drinks, and a profit from squares.
3) The Superbowl will be bigger than the World Series for a while, and that is also OK: When debaters discuss World Series vs. Superbowl, the SB will win a lot of times when you want to talk ratings, and that drives a lot of what we see on TV. Up for debate though is whether it is the better event for you. This leads me to my next point:
4) Just about anything can happen in a one-game, winner-take-all format: The 49ers — nor the Packers, Falcons, Patrios, etc. — didn’t have the luxury of a best-of series to try to advance to the next round. In one game, human referees, umpires, can change the course of the game. Giants fans should thank their lucky stars they haven’t had to deal with one… yet, although you could argue Game 5 of the NLDS and Game 7 of the NLCS in 2012 were the one-game formats the Giants had, but they also had a couple of two-game winning streaks before those that did not see a two-week break in between games.
Last) You won’t win ’em all: Depressing as it might sound, there is just too much talent around the professional leagues to keep one undefeated forever. If it did, well, sports just would not be sports. Giants fans knew this well through 2009, but have felt somewhat invincible since then. Cherish and embrace the highs, because you never know when the team you root for will have a lifetime void of parades.