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In which i set the bar low

 

Yesterday was SuperBowl Sunday.  For many, it’s a day of fun and festivities but for US, it was a day of SERIOUS football watching.  That’s because my husband is a fanatical Patriots fan.

 

The buildup to the game was extensive and we were basically watching ESPN 24/7 for the last week.  I can honestly say that if I don’t hear anything about football for a few months I’ll be thrilled.  I don’t expect to have to deal with much until the NFL draft and I can’t even remember when that is.

 

At any rate, the Patriots lost.  Needless to say, my husband was NOT happy.  In addition to that, Daniel had abandoned us and gone to a SuperBowl party with his friends leaving me stuck with sulky Kevin.  As I was attempting to cheer him up last night I realized that the problem with Kevin, AND ALL NEW ENGLAND FANS, is that they have broken one of my main credos.

 

What is that credo?

 

SET THE BAR LOW!!!

 

You see, back in the day, the Patriots as well as ALL the other Boston sports teams (other than Larry Bird’s Celtics) were good, but not great.  In other words, always the bridesmaid but NEVER the bride.

 

I mean, do you NOT remember that Mookie Wilson hit the ball between Bill Buckner’s legs thus effectively destroying the Red Sox’s chance at the 1986 World Series?  Every team was good, but not good enough.  Therefore, when something good DID happen, everyone was so excited.

 

Then the Red Sox came back and demolished the Yankees thus winning the World Series in 2004 thus ending “The curse of the bambino.”  Then they did it again in 2007.  And the Patriots?  They were on a tear winning 3 SuperBowls.  The Celtics also won.  Even the Bruins got in on it.  For all I know Boston had championship ping pong players.

 

Sports Illustrated was proclaiming Boston as a “great” sports city.  People got used to the good times.  Hasn’t anyone ever read any history books up there?  EVERY great empire eventually succumbs to mediocrity.

 

Therefore, when the teams were still good but NOT great, people were devastated.  They wanted it ALL.  Now, instead of being happy when they won people were upset when they lost.

 

And therein lies the rub.  At this point, Boston sports fans are SO spoiled that they’re upset when they’re not the best.  I understand wanting your franchise to win but there’s so much parity and so many good players that having a team dominate for long stretches is nearly impossible.

 

Which gets me back to one of my core philosophies.  When you set the bar high, it’s very hard to reach or exceed your expectations.

 

That’s why I set the bar low.  For example, if my goal for the day is simply to make it out of bed then I’ve already reached my goal by 7:00 AM on most days.  You see?  Then the rest of my day is icing on the cake.  I can be so happy because I’ve already succeeded.

 

So folks, set the bar low and you’ll always be happy because you’re a successful person.  I know that SOME people say STRIVE FOR THE BEST and PUSH YOURSELF and TRY TO BE A WINNER but personally, I think my way is easier.

 

I’m just saying …

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22 Comments

  1. Mayor Gia
    February 7, 2012

    Haha poor patriots. If fans had never expected to win, they wouldn’t be so disappointed right now! Makes sense to me.
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    • Lynn
      February 7, 2012

      i know right? they nEVER listen to me though

  2. Name *
    February 7, 2012

    Oh man. My husband and I went to the University of Kentucky in the Tubby Smith years, also known by many as the post-Pitino years. Every single time that team did well but didn’t win the NCAA championship, the WHOLE DAMNED TOWN went into mourning. It was as though somebody had died.

    • Lynn
      February 7, 2012

      that’s exactly how my family is…it’s crazy

  3. Julie
    February 7, 2012

    Does this apply to college sports as well?

    • Lynn
      February 7, 2012

      yep. Duke lost sunday too

  4. By Word of Mouth Musings
    February 7, 2012

    Our first experience of American sports was living in Pittsburgh …. no more needs to be said ;)
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    • Lynn
      February 7, 2012

      yeah, that town is crazy too

  5. Pamela D Hart
    February 7, 2012

    I’m NOT a sports fan at.all (and I live in Steeler country). So when you said super bowl, I was thinking of a HUGE bowl to hold my popcorn. Red socks as something I wear on my feet. Patriots as people who want to take the country back. And Yankees as those who won the Civil War.

    ;-)
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    • Lynn
      February 7, 2012

      No you weren’t…you’d have to love under a rock to think that Pam

  6. Helen
    February 7, 2012

    My husband is a rabid Giants fan so he’s happy right now and our house was crazy Sunday night as we had a split crowd.

    On the other hand, I have had to tell him to set the bar low many, many times for his baseball team of choice: the ever forgotten New York Mets.

    Duke. They ticked me right off Sunday. They shouldn’t have lost that game for crying out loud!
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    • Lynn
      February 7, 2012

      I figured the Pats had a chance after Duke lost. After all, there was no way we were going 0-2 but i was wrong.

      Poor mets :(

      I hate the Yankees

  7. Tricia @sassypantsmomma
    February 7, 2012

    In my house we root for the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Lions…bar doesn’t get any lower than that.
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    • Lynn
      February 7, 2012

      that’s true…good job

  8. Melanie
    February 7, 2012

    I don’t watch sports, so I got to set the bar really low. My goal was to clean the house, run a few errands while I knew the stores would be empty, and then change in to my jammies and watch movies all day. I totally did it. Go me!

    • Lynn
      February 7, 2012

      that sounds like a better day than i had

  9. Brad Procton
    February 7, 2012

    Setting the Bar Low! Perfect! All Giants fans know this. It’s a credo to live by. Giants fans suffer for their wins. It;s never easy. Sure we have 4 Super Bowl Championships – OVER 25 YEARS! In between – Mediocrity, Suffering, Joe Pisarcik – Need I say more? So just remember – when the Mighty are at their highest point – the fall is a whole lot longer!

    And Lynn – Jerry is pissed at you for all that Patriots crap!

    • Lynn
      February 7, 2012

      are you kidding me??? don’t give me that crap

  10. Xzania
    February 7, 2012

    Hi Lynn…I love watching football too…That is one of the hobbies of my father as well…
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    • Lynn
      February 7, 2012

      Thanks for commenting!!!

  11. SusieQ
    February 8, 2012

    I do the same (low bar setting) when I go through a fast food drive-through. Rocket scientists do not work at McDonalds. If there is meat on my hamburger….I am happy. Pickles and ketchup…estatic! :)

    • Lynn
      February 8, 2012

      Wow!!! That’s a really low bar

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