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High Expectations > Pessimism

It can be really hard for folks to stay positive about the Giants when the bad news just keeps on coming. I think there's a cumulative effect. It started with the pain of watching quality guys walk away in FA, followed by the injury avalanche on defense (now leaking over to the offense). Add an ugly, uninspired loss and you can't really blame some people for getting pessimistic.

My personal feelings are that pessimism is the cowardly way out. Sure, if you don't expect much, then you are less likely to be disappointed, but by doing so, you also abdicate your right to say "I still believed in you when things looked down." There is a certain pride and joy in setting high expectations and having them fulfilled. I've found that these feelings are much more durable and long lasting than the disappointment if your high expectations are not met. When someone says something like "I only see us going 4-12 this year" I perceive it as emotionally hedging their bets. It sends the message that not being disappointed is more important than supporting your team.

Supporting your team does not mean that you must be happy about everything they do. It also doesn't mean that you can't criticize when you think a mistake has been made. What it does mean is that even when you might disagree with a particular decision, you still trust that everyone involved with the organization is dedicated to achieving the best possible result. As fans we are a part of that. I've posted a few times that I feel this team is lacking drive and enthusiasm. Some of that has to come from the players and coaches themselves, but some of it also needs to come from us. If we want this team to bring their best game on Sunday (or Monday), then how can we not do the same ourselves?

Thanks for reading.

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