Or was it the Norwegians? One or the other.
Anyways, some researcher made a “happiness” league table of countries, and the Danes came out on top. It seemed that the reason was the Dane`s thoroughly glum outlook on life. If you expect bad things to happen then you won`t spend much time stressing or feeling bad when they do. A gross oversimplification, but close enough I figure.
I feel a lot of glumness on the interwebs re Aussie soccer atm. The crowds are down. The socceroos are dour. Your team (perhaps) sucks. The general quality of the A-league sucks (depending on your opinion).
The glumness can be beaten in several ways. One way, the least likely way, is for the environment to change – crowds go up, the socceroos go roy-of-the-rovers-ish, your team goes r-o-t-r-ish, or A-league games start looking like my games of Pro Evo Soccer Wii. This is the LEAST likely thing to happen.
Choice 2 – find another hobby or team. Mr Hamish pointed out that Brisbane fans have the chance to support a very talented, successful, not-dysfunctional womens team at a good stadium at a good price.
Choice 3 – Re-adjust your expectations. One theory is that sadness is caused by a gap between reality and what you expected to happen. The Danes don`t have to do this, they were expecting a flying a dinosaur to shit on their heads this morning. Or something else like that to happen. Your team sucks. Is your glumness caused by their suckiness, or by your earlier expectation/hope that they would “ROCK!!!”? I argue that it tis the expectations that cause the glumness. Adjust them and that smile will come back.
Choice 4 – Madly find silver linings. Woohoo! A-league crowds are down! Now the plastic new “franchises” have to give up some of their smugness and really work at relationship building with fans / communities (not looking at you CCM, you sound rather nice).
I am doing a bit of choice 4, but I am mainly into choice 3 atm. So, lets have a cup of tea and enjoy some footy, shall we?
PS. Just watched the highlights of Welly vs GCU. How many times do you hear the phrase “they could have had 6 goals before the break”? Faint praise as it highlights the dominant teams lack of putting-the-ball-in-the-net-ness. Bravo Welly for turning dominance into goals. Will they tonk another team this year? I have a feeling it is quite possible.