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July 29, 2005

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75r

"What happens after a championship season that can't possibly be topped?"

You enjoy rooting for a first-place team with smart management and a lot of money to spend.

Boston Fan in Michigan

Intellectually, I know I should be all 'whatever, they won last year'. In reality, I am completely unable to do it. Almost nothing's changed attitude-wise, except maybe for a bit less desperation and a bit more comfort in the Dark Times.

Baseball fandom as it should be, probably.

75r

I know Simmons writes to entertain, more than analyze, and he is fun, but that said, his whole concept of a "grace period" isn't really accurate. I root for two teams in two diff sports--one hugely succesful historically, the other w/o a championship in many years. The titles are good for MEMORIES--but they don't change your desire to see the team win again and again and again. Each title is different. Each one is fun for different reasons. 2004 will always be fun for Red Sox fans to look back on--but it doesn't mean that you shouldn't want your guys to kick ass in 2005+.

To look at it another way, although there are vast and obvious differences between being a fan and being a player, you certainly should expect the players to stay hungry for titles. No reason fans shouldn't be the same way.

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