Bumped from the diaries. GO BRUINS. -N
No, I am not being a smart ass. Here's a little different angle for all those who complain about the "negativity" on BN.
I am not an optimist by nature. In fact, despite my attempts to change this aspect of myself, I am generaly pessimistic.
I think we will probably lose tomorrow. I will take no pleasure in seeing us lose. None. Plus, it might rain and while I do not particularly like watching a game while it rains on me, it will be aggravated by having to listen to the wife complain about the effect of the rain on her hair and makeup.
But you know what? I am still going to have fun. I am going up to L.A. early tomorrow to buy a bunch of crap at the student store at UCLA. The wife and I love visiting the campus a couple times a year just to buy some things and walk around. Then, we will meet friends at the Rose Bowl, grill, have some beverages and socialize a few hours before the game. And I get to enjoy the company of thousands of fellow UCLA alums and fans in a beautiful, safe, non-gangsta (SuC) environment.
Then, I get to watch the game, rain or shine, from some pretty nice seats inside one of the greatest stadiums in college football. Not necessarily "the" greatest stadium, but it is up there, IMO. And I will cheer our guys loudly.
I saw a Cubs game at Wrigley Field recently. The Cubs got stomped and, frankly, the game itself sucked. But there was no booing. Everyone was eating and drinking and chatting and happy. After the game, the crowd spilled into the bars around the park for some post-game swilling. And they seemed happy. And the Cubs had just been destroyed 6-1.
I know what you are thinking: Cubs fans are used to losing. It is a tradition to love the Cubs, those "lovable losers," no matter what. I do not want UCLA fans to become complacent and necessarily "happy" after a loss. That is not my point. I will never settle for mediocrity.
I am saying this: Watch the game tomorrow, or don't watch the game. If you are going to the game tomorrow, take a raincoat, or one of those trashbag things you slip over your head, take some food, hang with your friends outside the RB, get wet if it rains, and get what you can out of the experience.
If we suck on the field, we will all be here Sunday morning and next week letting the world know about it. And I have promised Guerrero that I will not buy any more tickets next year if You Know Who is still around. I have even seriously considered tailgating outside the games next year without ever going into the RB.
But there is enjoyment to be found if you look for it. Remember, these words are coming from someone who not only sees the glass as half empty, but from a guy who will usually dump the glass out if it is only half empty.
I will be back on BN Sunday pissing and moaning if there is criticism to be lodged. But I already know I am going to have a good time tomorrow.