Sports Are The Great Equalizer

I mentioned this in my blog about Kobe, but sports are the one thing that truly just bring people together. They can tear people apart, don’t get me wrong, but there’s something so common about being a die hard sports fan that so many people, man, woman, and child, can relate to. You don’t need to be rich, you can be any gender, any race, it doesn’t matter, you can be a sports fan.

This past Super Bowl was a weird one for me considering it was the first in three years without the Patriots in it. I was rooting hard for Jimmy G and the 49ers. I don’t like the Chiefs, and I don’t like Patrick Mahomes, and I love Jimmy G and former Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker is the 9ers wide receivers coach. It was a no brainer for me to root for San Fran. I wasn’t gutted when they lost, not in the same way I would be when the Patriots have lost, but still kind of sad. Until I saw this tweet:

 

This tweet just made me smile from ear to ear. The Chiefs have never won the Super Bowl, and haven’t even been in 50 years. Meaning a whole generation, two generations even, have never seen, and never got to see their team with a championship, including this guy’s grandfather. But they still got to share this experience with him in some way. I know the exact type of guy that does this. The superstitious, OG fan, waiting on eggshells every season for a winning season. The type of guy that passes his love of the sport to his children, and his grandchildren. Tells them that no matter what you root for your team, even if they’re shitty. Even if they’re losing everything every single time.

I think of my Papa, who got Patriots season tickets in 1960, went to two Super Bowls in the 80s and 90s, watched them lose game after game. And then finally got to watch his team absolutely dominate for 20 years. He passed on his love of the Patriots to his 6 kids, his 11 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. He created a family that quite literally revolves around the New England Patriots, and all because he decided to buy a couple season tickets way back when.

Sports bring families together. It’s the thing that keeps my family together. It makes me happy to watch fans finally get to experience a championship. Which might sound wildly condescending because I’ve seen 6 Super Bowl wins in my lifetime, but I really mean it. It’s fun to watch other people be happy, even if it’s kind of at my own expense…


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