Attention to all fans San Diego sports teams: Your team sucks.
Yes, Padres fans, I’m including you. You too, Chargers fans.
(And that is the last time I’ll ever refer to the Local NFL Team by their actual name.)
As a community of fans, we need to adopt a new attitude. We have to stop worrying about whether they attempt to kick a field goal instead of going for a touchdown. We need to stop concerning ourselves with the sorry state of the Padres rotation. We need to stop focusing on whether the GM drinks his iced coffee. We need to…
What is “embrace the suck” and what does it mean?
It’s actually a phrase, or milspeak, used by military personnel. NPR’s Morning Edition commentator Austin Bay, a retired colonel of the US Army Reserve, compiled a book called Embrace the Suck: A Pocket Guide to Milspeak in which he describes it as the following:
“Embrace the suck” isn’t merely a wisecrack; it’s a raw epigram based on encyclopedic experience. Face it, soldier. I’ve been there. This ain’t easy. Now let’s deal with it.
Let’s face it. San Diego sports teams suck and have for a long while. Yes, there is the occasional season when they get our hopes up by going 14-2, or occupy 1st place in their division for 161 games, or even get to the Super Bowl or World Series.
But then something bad happens.
Sunday evening, after the Local NFL Team’s most recent loss and the apparent heartbreak over that fact, I tweeted the following:
Embrace the suck, San Diego sports fans.
— Ghost of Ray Kroc (@GhostofRAK) November 18, 2013
Tony Losoya responded. He gets what I’m saying.
@GhostofRAK I'm going to have "At least we have great weather" engraved on my Tombstone.
— Tony Losoya (@Tony_Losoya) November 18, 2013
And Gavin does too.
— GAVIN (@CT2SD) November 18, 2013
However, Aztecs 4 Life brought up an interesting point.
— Aztec 4 Life (@SDAztecsFan) November 18, 2013
College athletics are different. There’s a difference between a successful college program and a winning program. Aztecs basketball is definitely a successful program. They attract sought after recruits and sell out Viejas Arena, providing much needed money to SDSU. But once the postseason tournaments start…
|Mountain West Conference|
|Season||Head Coach||Conference||Overall||Conference Tournament||Post Season|
|1999-00||Steve Fisher||0–14 (8th)||5–23||Lost Quarter Finals|
|2000–01||Steve Fisher||4–10 (7th)||14–14||Quarter Finals|
|2001–02||Steve Fisher||7–7 T-(4th)||21–12||Tournament Champion||Lost NCAA 1st round|
|2002–03||Steve Fisher||6–8 (5th)||16–14||Lost Quarter Finals||Lost NIT 2nd round|
|2003–04||Steve Fisher||5–9 T-(5th)||14–16||Lost Quarter Finals|
|2004–05||Steve Fisher||4–10 (6th)||11–18||Lost Semi Finals|
|2005–06||Steve Fisher||13–3 (1st)||24–9||Tournament Champion||Lost NCAA 1st round|
|2006–07||Steve Fisher||10–6 T-(3rd)||22–11||Lost Quarter Finals||Lost NIT 2nd round|
|2007–08||Steve Fisher||9–7 (4th)||20–13||Lost Semi Finals||Lost NIT 1st round|
|2008–09||Steve Fisher||11–5 (4th)||26–10||Lost Finals||Lost NIT Semi-finals|
|2009–10||Steve Fisher||11–5 T-(3rd)||25–9||Tournament Champion||Lost NCAA 1st round|
|2010–11||Steve Fisher||14–2 T-(1st)||34–3||Tournament Champion||Lost NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2011–12||Steve Fisher||10–4 T – (1st)||26–8||Lost Finals||Lost NCAA 1st round|
|2012–13||Steve Fisher||9–7 T – (4th)||23–11||Lost Semi-Finals||Lost NCAA 2nd round|
[I know pointing out “Saint Fisher’s” shortcomings is probably going to get me in trouble with some of you. Oh well.]
My whole point is this: S**t happens. It’s how you deal with it that matters.
Am I the perfect example? Not by any means. I still let Alexi Amarista‘s weird routes to fly balls hit to center field irk me to no end, for one thing. Believe me, it’s taken me a long time to figure this out for myself.
We all need to learn to relax. It’s just a game. In the big scheme of things, it really doesn’t matter. If you let every little disappointment (or loss) get you down, you’re gonna have a bad time.
So sit back, relax, and start embracing the suck.
After taking a week off, I’m back and trying to be more than just a perpetually disappointed San Diego sports fan. Are you? Let me know in the comments. Or tweet at me @GhostofRAK.