Boston Does It To Me Again!!!!!18 October, 2008
Back in June, the Boston Celtics made it all the way to the NBA finals. During one of the games, the Celtics trailed by over twenty points and were trailing by almost the same well into the fourth quarter. Then they came back (read about my reaction here).
Now the Red Sox are in the American League Championship Series. They have been losing badly to the Rays (who used to be the Devil Rays until the right wing Christofascist idiots in Florida convinced the new owner that ‘worshipping the devil is unChristian’). Thursday night, I watched the hapless Red Sox well into the 7th inning. Two outs into the 7th inning. They were down by seven runs, and showed no signs of life. So I turned off the telly and went to bed.
The next morning, as I started my car, the radio came to life with a local commercial referring to the Phillies-Tampa World Series. Shit. They lost.
Then the morning talk show on our local ESPN Radio affiliate comes on. Mike and Mike are talking about the greatest comeback ever by a team facing elimination, and the second greatest comeback in post-season history. My Sox won. And I missed the great comeback.
The question is,does this show faith, or a lack thereof?
Does it show that, because of years and years and years (and years (not to mention decades)) of disappointment watching my Red Sox lose in the most improbable ways (Damn you, Bucky Dent!), I have faith that the Red Sox will find a way to lose games? Am I conditioned to believe that, no matter how promising things look, the Sox will screw it up?
Or, conversely, does this mean that I have no faith in my team? Do I assume that the Sox will lose, thus showing my lack of faith? Do I not believe in my team?
Faith, to me, can be defined as ‘a willingness to believe something despite no evidence, or evidence to the contrary’ (among numerous other definitions). My faith that the Red Sox will find a way to lose (despite 2004 and 2007) is based upon years of disappointment, so it is not faith. Or do I have faith that they will lose, despite evidence to the contrary?
Or am I putting way too much thought into this?
Anyway, tonight, I’m watching the whole damn game! Probably.