Full Avoidance Mode

There was a football game played on Saturday, but I’d rather not talk about it.

It’s kind of embarrassing, really, but when it comes to unfortunate results in the sporting events that I care about I take a child-like, total ostrich approach.  I go into full avoidance mode.  I don’t read about it, I don’t want to see anything about it, and when people start to talk to me about it I feel like putting my fingers in my ears and saying “blah, blah, blah” until they go away and leave me to my sports solitude.

fingers-in-earsIt’s embarrassing behavior, because it’s juvenile.  An adult should be able to cope with a sports team loss, reading the different analyses of the game, listening to the pundits explain why things went sour, and so on.

I guess I’m just not an adult.  I still lose sleep over the bad losses and feel crushed by the dashed expectations.  If I go into full avoidance mode, at least I can prevent the news reports from exacerbating my distress.

So I’ve got my head in the sand for a few days.  The fact that Thanksgiving is this week will help — not because giving thanks for good fortune puts a sports loss into its proper perspective, which should be the case, but because a holiday always is a point of focus that makes things that happened before the holiday seem remote.  It’s the calendar equivalent of sticking your fingers in your ears and going “lah, lah, lah.”

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