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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Opinion: It’s my team and I’ll cry if I want to

  • It's OK to be upset if your team loses and don't let anyone ever tell you it's not.


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  • It's Sunday, Jan. 17, 1999, and Gary Anderson just missed the 38-yard field goal to send the Minnesota Vikings to the Super Bowl.
    Thousands of people all over the state of Minnesota grabbed the nearest couch pillow and screamed their frustrations into it.
    In the 2009 NFC Championship game I'm sure it was a similar show of emotion by Vikings fans when Brett Favre threw across his body for the interception.
    It's OK to be upset if your team loses and don't let anyone ever tell you it's not.
    Recently I heard an ESPN Radio personality say, in so many words, that anyone who gets upset over a sporting event needs to have their priorities checked.
    If my radio had a DVR function I would've recorded that statement.
    Imagine, E-S-P-N telling me to not get so caught up in sports.
    This from the company with dozens of TV channels, a radio network, a website, a magazine and probably a few other mediums I'm forgetting.
    The company that sends a reporter to follow Brett Favre's every move. The company that bombards me with information and graphics.
    If the Minnesota Twins lose in the first round of the playoffs to the New York Yankees I have every right to go to work crabby the next day.
    If the Wild lose in overtime to the Vancouver Canucks I might not say anything at the dinner table.
    There is nothing wrong with showing a little emotion because your team lost a big game.
    I don't condone what a Green Bay Packer fan did when her beloved football team lost its first regular season game of this season against the Kansas City Chiefs. On Sunday, Dec. 18, a 36-year-old Grand Chute, Wis. woman allegedly choked her daughter with enough force that the girl couldn't breathe. Then the mother asked her daughter, "Do you want to die?" according to the criminal complaint.
    Shockingly, the mother was drinking alcohol.
    Obviously, if you deal with your team's loss with violence you have big problems. But, hitting a pillow or slapping your knee is a healthy show of emotion.
    There is absolutely nothing wrong with becoming a little upset after your team loses a close one. And don't let some behemoth company tell you there's something wrong with you if you do.
    Just don't go throwing punches at family members when, or if, the Vikings blow their next shot at a Super Bowl.
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