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Being a Football Fan
Written by Shasidharan Kesavan
Better safe than sorry, some might say but where’s the fun in that? It’s safe to be just a football fan, but that’s nothing compared to being a fan of a football club. Out of your control and power, having a mental and emotional attachment to a football club is founded on two ‘L’s; Loyalty and Love. Having said that, where love lies, hurt and disappointment are also seated on the bench, awaiting their imminent arrival. Not that being a fan of other types of sports clubs is any different — every kind of sport has its own unique fans but as far as football clubs’ fans are concerned, an emotional roller coaster ride comes with every season ticket.
From unbelievable highs to shocking lows, fans of football clubs sit on the edge of heaven and hell each time they watch their team play. Unlike ordinary football fans, who have no real physical contribution to a football club; leaving them less anxious and nail-bitten free, fans of a football club don’t exactly have that luxury but the joy of winning is worth all the nails chewed off.
There is, however the dreaded line of going overboard that if one should cross, will fall into a pit of obsession. The joy of winning has an unfortunate shadow that looms just around the corner, as no team can go on winning without suffering a few defeats here and there. Much like watching somebody you love with all your heart getting hurt or beaten is unbearable, watching your team lose from the helpless couch at home or seat in the stands can be quite the sob story.
Having said that, destructive behaviour as a result of defeat have become a norm, with fans turning against their own team in anger with verbal and physical abuse. Extreme as it may seem, it is not the worst, as some fans are unable to take defeats or the overall predicament of their football team that they become difficult to live with, not just to the people around them but even to their loved ones out of repressed anger.
Once there myself, I found it hard to accept my beloved Liverpool football club losing, especially when the odds were far from against them. Soon after, I began to realize that given that I, or any other fan have no real control over the outcome of a match, there’s no point in getting all riled up or ‘going all John Wick’ on losing, when an upright coin has every much a chance of falling on its head as it has on its tail.