Many of us, including yours truly, who grew up in New England as sports fans developed a very negative, fatalistic perspective. It's almost a mirror image of my personality -- the eternal optimist who doesn't expect positive results and sometimes expecting the worst in the midst of the best. No idea what I'm talking about? Research Red Sox and Bruins playoff history, particularly in their best years when things looked their brightest; when salvation was tantalizingly in reach, the Sword of Damocles would fall.
The point of this? New England sports fans have had it great the last 10 years, in fact we've been spoiled -- three Patriot Super Bowl wins, two Red Sox World Series titles and one Celtic NBA title. This served to wash away most of the fatalistic expectations of New England fans but not entirely. I think that would be impossible.
But now in the last three plus years we have the Red Sox losing playoff series to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Celtics losing a game 7 of the NBA Finals to the Lakers (a game they had in hand and to a team they always owned in this situation) and now the Patriots, the team most responsible for our confidence, has lost three straight playoff games, two of them to New York teams where they were the overwhelming favorite.
Are you still as confident and comfortable watching your team when the season's on the line as you were a couple of years ago?