I’ve been waiting several years to write this post.
I think about it every time one of the teams I support has the opportunity to win a championship.
I’ve worked hard to put sports in proper perspective. In doing so, I’ve recognized the rarity of a championship. It’s something that happens a few times in a person’s life, for the vast majority of people.
Yeah, there are people who celebrate a championship every year. Douchebags in Golden State jerseys, which they purchased to replace their Heat jerseys and Lakers jerseys before that. They don’t count.
I’m talking about fans. The people who support their team just as much when they lose as when they win. The people whose teams lose more than they win, typically.
I’m one of those. I’m spoiled by my Oklahoma teams; they’re almost always good. But it isn’t so often that they win a title.
It feels so damn good when they do, though. And it’s so rare.
So, in appreciation of the event, I made up a rule a few years back. I call it the Five Year Championship Appreciation Rule.
What is the the Five Year Championship Appreciation Rule?
Any time one of my teams wins a national championship, I place a moratorium on all complaints, gripes, criticisms and whining for a total of five seasons.
I don’t complain about performance or coaching.
I don’t request people be fired or traded.
Sure, I may grumble within a game about poor performance, but that’s it. I enjoy it for what it is – entertainment, and a chance to flex my passion muscle (wink wink).
The only exception to this aspect of the rule comes in a criminal breakdown of a player/coach or the program as a whole (think Baylor football).
It also means I relinquish the two shits I give about what outsiders say regarding my teams. Their opinion and thoughts don’t matter; my team let their play do all the talking required.
I hereby invoke the Five Year Championship Appreciation Rule for Oklahoma Softball.
I began following the OU girls around 2008 or so, when my cousin Javen Henson pledged to play there. I loved watching her teams play, and was able to invoke the Five Year Championship Appreciation Rule for the first time when they won the 2013 championship.
I’ve continued to watch their games when possible, and am glad to count them among my regulars, along with the OKC Thunder, OU football & hoops, Tulsa football & hoops, Southampton FC, and Utah football & hoops.
They’re so damned consistently good that the existing Five Year Championship Appreciation Rule hasn’t been challenged yet, nor do I expect it to be in the next five years.
Nice job, ladies!
I’ll keep my mouth shut, except for high praise, until 2021.