Playoffs? Don’t Talk About Playoffs.

Some of you out there will probably recognize the title of this post from a quote by the Indianapolis Colts’ Coach, Jim Mora, back in 2001. (If you’re not familiar with it, check it out.) I should tell you, however, that in contrast to his request, this post will be doing the exact opposite; talking about the playoffs.  (Just so we’re clear, when I say playoffs, I’m referring to the post-season/championship tournament for the national sports leagues.)

I was reminded of the ‘power’ of the playoffs, this past week when I was on vacation in the Dominican Republic. While I did, after much deliberation, decide to bring my iPhone along for the trip, I did not use it to check my email, make a phone call or browse the internet. It did, however, serve another vital purpose: keep me updated on the playoff progress of the Bruins (hockey) and the Celtics (basketball) – both teams of my native city, Boston. For me, this was significant because I don’t follow either team closely during the regular season. Sure, I might catch a game here or there if it’s on at a bar I happen to be at or I’m bored at home, but the regular season is just that, regular. Call me a fair weather fan or a bandwagoner, but I can’t get enough come playoff time.

What’s cool, I think, is that I’m not the only one. With the playoffs, you don’t have to be a fan of a team involved, you just have to be a fan of sports. The athletic skill and bravado on show during playoff games is something all of us can appreciate.  And, clearly, we do. It’s no secret that TV ratings are the highest during postseasons. Of course this should come as no surprise; it is exhilarating to watch teams, players, and coaches push their bodies and psyches to the absolute limit to do whatever it takes to win. Playoffs are sports at their finest.

I just wish playoffs happened year round. Though, I suppose that would take away from the magic.

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2 thoughts on “Playoffs? Don’t Talk About Playoffs.

  1. I agree that playoffs are really special and the regular season is just that “regular.” Some magic takes place when the stakes are higher and it becomes obvious that willpower and desire play an enormous role in the outcome. Each team has it’s own dramas – players who suffered painful injuries, who started in the minor leagues, or were deemed to old to win – and it’s fascinating to watch both teams and individuals rise to the challenge and have a brief moment of glory – or defeat. Maybe you have to be a “sports fan” to get that, I don’t know, but like you I’m tuned in no matter where I am … And, right now, I’m riding high on the Bruins wondering – could this be their year to bring home the Cup? I’m sharing the magic of the playoffs with an 11 yr. old so I really hope so!

  2. All Pink Hats aren’t created equal:
    I’m replying to this as a female frustrated when I am called a pink hat because I really get into the playoffs for my home teams (BOSTON! Woot Woot!). The reason I bring this up is your nonchalant way of admitting you might be a “fair weather” fan and your cool with being it. I’d be cool with that status too. I mean you’d have to be a little obsessive to make it a priority to see every single Red Sox game considering there is over 300 Red Sox games in a season. Honestly who can make that commitment who isn’t actually on the team already? So in a way there isn’t a perfect fan. What kills me is the pink hat status the “fair weather” women fans out here get.
    In my defense I actually know players in the game, on the team, and I follow what’s going on during the regular season (i.e. injuries, etc..). For example I know Seguin had a phenomenal break out game last night and I remember thinking when he was drafted how young he was and wondering if he was ready.
    Yep, I keep up with the news on my teams but can’t find the time to actually sit through the draft. Does that put me in the category of a pink hat? I hate how it’s assumed I’m a pink hat because I make the playoffs such a priority and I’m a women. So its assumed I don’t actually care and do it to look cute in my pink boston hats. Can’t I just be a fan too? Because I do care, I cared when Rondo dislocated his elbow, I cared that we had Patrice Bergeron out last night to injury, I cared that we lost to Lebron and Miami but did I cry? No. Because I know there will always be next season and always be another chance. Hopefully by then we’ll be better prepared with a healthy big man.
    I guess what I’m saying is that its much better to be considered a “bandwagoner” or a “fair weather” fan. Its the assumption (What happens when you assume?) of a pink hat fan is that they are completely ignorant about all and any sports. Shouldn’t pink hats fall under “fair weather” fan stats at least? Some “fair weather” fans know less then me but I’m still at the degrading pink hat status? My point is you can be a pink hat and still have a clue. Just like you, I enjoy watching the playoffs for the excitement, entertainment, and fan community it brings. What’s so wrong with that?
    I wish I could be at least a little proud of my “pink hat” fan status. I just wish I could make the world see that all pink hats aren’t created equal.

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