Filed under: Defence Mechanisms, Excessive violence, JIM KELLY = BADASS, Miami Sucks, Uncategorized | Tags: crazy sports fans, Defence Mechanisms, freud spelled it with a "c", painful memories
This continues a four part series on the way Buffalo fans, and Sports fans in general, cope with the ups, downs, and curveballs that inevitably come with the territory of making sports a priority in your life. Find Part one here.
Part two now addresses the “Level 2 Defence Mechanisms.”
Considered to some as the “teenage” mechanisms, the second level defences lessen distress and anxiety provoked by threatening people or by uncomfortable reality. In adults, however, they become annoyingly immature and out of touch with reality. This would, therefore, constitute your average participant in a Sunday morning tailgate.
Example: Truly believing that the no-huddle offense is what Edwards was born to do! He”s the next Kelly! 15-1 Baby!
2. ProjectionDefinition: without becoming consciously aware of them, attributing one’s own unacknowledged unacceptable/unwanted thoughts and emotions to another. Wikipedia’s example includes “severe prejudice, severe jealousy, hypervigilance to external danger, and injustice collecting” Example: This embodies just about every Bills fan’s reaction to both the Dolphins (severe prejudice anyone?) and the Patriots (severe jealousy anyone?!?). As much as I want to pretend I’m not jealous and the Pats really are evil, let’s be serious. And some of you reading are thinking, “no, the Pats really are evil. They cheat. They suck. Blah blah.” It’s okay. Defense mechanisms are healthy.
Example: The tailgates at games in which the Bills are almost sure to lose always result in more arrests and hospitalizations. Look it up.
4. Passive aggression
Example(s): I’m pretty sure this could be a post in itself. But really, there is so much anger pent up at tailgate parties expressed in “savage brews” and playing “pass the charcoal” it’s ridiculous. The question is, who’s it supposed to be directed at? Ralph Wilson? The NFL? Scott Norwood? Whoever thought it was a good idea to but a thruway on the waterfront? Who knows. But it’s definitely inside us, expressing its ugly head every September.
5. “Acting out”
Example: the viral rumor that Ralph had died. Was this our collective subconscious, wishing for some sort of answers as to what will happen when he does kick the bucket? I am ashamed to say, it was both terrifying and exciting when I first heard the rumor. For those of you who frantically texted and facebooked away once you heard it- knowing full well it was only a rumor- perhaps you were acting out.
Example: just about every player we have signed or drafted in the last 17 years. See, Fantasy, above
Parts 3 and 4 coming soon.
Filed under: Bills Obsession, Buffalo Bills, Dukes of Awesome Field Trips, Miami Sucks, Uncategorized | Tags: 97 and humid is not comfortable, bills miami, dolphans suck, miami dolphins jingle
Filed under: Bills Obsession, Buffalo Sports, Defence Mechanisms, painful memories | Tags: Buffalo Sports, crazy sports fans, Defence Mechanisms, freud spelled it with a "c"
This starts a four part series on the way Buffalo fans, and Sports fans in general, cope with the ups, downs, and curveballs that inevitably come with the territory of making sports a priority in your life.
Part one addresses, appropriately, the “Level 1 Defence Mechanisms.”
There are three DMs at this level, which educationally speaking are almost always severely pathological. These three defences, in conjunction, permit one to effectively rearrange external reality and eliminate the need to cope with reality.
These are the DMs that cause non-sports fans tho view us sports fans as “crazy” or “insane.” In other words, these are the “psychotic” defences. While they are considered healthy mechanisms when occuring in dreams or childhood, I think most would agree that, when employed in an alert state, “nightmare” is probably the more accurate term. These defences include:
Definition: Refusal to accept external reality because it is too threatening; arguing against an anxiety-provoking stimulus by stating it doesn’t exist; resolution of emotional conflict and reduction of anxiety by refusing to perceive or consciously acknowledge the more unpleasant aspects of external reality.
Example: The Bills would have lost Superbowl XXV anyways.
Definition: A gross reshaping of external reality to meet internal needs.
Example: Dick Jauron isn’t that bad of a coach.
3. Delusional Projection
Definition: Grossly frank delusions about external reality, usually of a persecutory nature.
Example: The plain and simple truth is, the Refs are out to get us
Stay tuned for Parts 2-4 in the coming week.
Filed under: Buffalo Sabres, NHL News | Tags: canadians are so polite, msg, nhl in canada, oilers fans cheer sabres, sabres west coast games
I had no idea how much they loved the Sabres.
While I was glad MSG finally figured out it was a terrible idea to not broadcast this West Coast stretch of games, I was still aggravated to find out that MSG would only be showing the opposite team’s feed. I’m annoyed enough when I have to watch the games on NBC, how was I going to put up with even more constant stroking of the other team’s ego? And to top it off, I have a satellite dish, so listening to wgr was not an option.
Little did I know how much Edmonton and Calgary respects and, apparently, loves the Sabres. I can’t say I’ve heard their feed while playing other teams, so it’s probably just that their undying love for the sport makes them respectful and impressed with every team, not just Buffalo. But they almost seemed to focus more on Buffalo than their own teams. They talked about how great our players are, how awesome Ryan Miller is, how good of a coach Lindy Ruff is, and they even mentioned the pigeon. It wasn’t simple stats and news, it was genuine compliments and stories. Even the Oiler’s fans were cheering for them at the end (NOT sarcastically, in my opinion). I’m assuming they figured – “hey, there is no way we’re winning this game. Let’s at least see a team score 10 goals.”
It’s a weird concept to me. I don’t at all think that Rick, Harry and Kevin are disrespectful to visiting teams. But I do think that they definitely don’t make them a priority like Edmonton and Calgary did. It sort of reminded me of the way a Buffalonian treats a tourist… “oh, you like it here?!? you want to spend money here?! you’re awesome! look how awesome our town is!” It’s also the same reaction one receives when they tell a Canadian that they love Canada. But do you think a New Yorker cares that much when someone from Dallas says they like it there? Probably not.
I’ve both heard and experienced how polite and hospitable Canadians are (driving on the QEW aside). In fact, I would be shocked if I didn’t make another new friend in Toronto next time I visit. So maybe it’s the culture I’ve grown up in in America of hating your opponent and his mother. More likely than not, it’s also because Buffalonians are bred as the underdogs and we react with an underdog mentality. Yet taking all these things into consideration, I’m still pleasantly surprised with how highly the Sabres were regarded in these towns, especially for a team who this season has been, at best, average.
I’m glad this whole fiasco with MSG went down, or I would not have experienced this shining illustration of the camaraderie and kinship that is so much a part of hockey in Canada. No offense to Rick, of course, as his job is to announce for the fans in Buffalo – and we all know he does the best job in NHL. But it’s always nice to get a dose of Canada.
Filed under: bitterness | Tags: Bills in Toronto, Buffalo Bills, Canadian at par!, Oh Donte - You tried., season tickets, Utilitarianism rocks
The Bills announced last week that Season Ticket prices will not be going up. (This is where you are all expected to applaud and give honor and adulation to Mr. Wilson.)
My first reaction to this? “Duh.”
It’s common knowledge by now that we as Bills fans are indeed stuck between a rock and a hard place- either we support the team no matter what or we will feel partly responsible if it leaves- and the front office DEFINITELY knows we all feel that way.
Yet, not only did the Bills fail to make the playoffs yet again, despite promises to the contrary– but we fans are stuck purchasing not 1, but 2 completely terrible pre-season games again. The only upside of this Toronto thing to the average season ticket holder was that he or she didn’t have to pay regular season ticket price for TWO pointless, unentertaining, and underskilled football games. Honestly, a STH (look I used a cool abbreviation for “season ticket holder”) is lucky if he can get $10 for one of those tickets. Personally, we donate ours to our Church’s youth group. So while the ticket price has not gone up, my bank account will be taking a bigger hit this year. I know I’m getting “another game” out of it, but the simple truth is I’m paying more money and getting less utility per dollar, which, as a staunch utilitarian, is disappointing to say the least.
Now I know that preseason ticket prices are all the NFL’s fault and blah blah blah but the simple solution is that the Bills should have made Toronto take a yearly preseason game. Let the rich guys take those of our hands. Why not? That way when no one came to the games, it would have looked like a normal pre-season game and not like there’s absolutely no hope in Canada for the NFL. That’s the quintessence of win-win.
By the way everyone… although somewhat off topic I feel compelled to tell you that the Ralph accepts Canadian dollars AT PAR. Depending on how many beers and hotdogs you buy each season, this is practically currency trading.
So yes, I’m going to buy the seasons again. But I’m stocking up on Candaian change and I’m not sending old Ralphie a thank you note.
Filed under: Buffalo Sabres, NHL News, painful memories | Tags: Buffalo Sabres, NHL, NHL CBA, NHL Player's Association, NHLPA, No Lock Out!!
The NHL Players Association 30 member executive board voted unanimously today not to reopen the collective bargaining agreement with the league. Although the terms of the CBA allow the players to open it up for renegotiation by May 18th of this year, the players have notified the league of no intention to do so.
Many players have commented that the national economy is in too bad a place for them to start renegotiating their CBA. Another thing I love about hockey. Maturity (Ruutu excluded).
That means Hockey is safe again from the dreaded lock-out (not from skyrocketing salaries and low revenues, but a lock-out) until September of 2011. Sleep tight, everybody.