Sports for so many of us is a lifelong passion.
It's often said "we live and die" with our teams.
Live and die.
Take for example the UH men's basketball team. Under first year head coach Gib Arnold the team got off to a fast start and hope more than blossomed fro UH greatness.
Calls of an amazing turnaround, a 20-win season and a trip to the NCAA big dance seemed like a lock.
Then injuries and attitudes conspired causing team losses both in players and games. Currently UH is 0-4 in WAC play.
Now some fans are calling the season a lost cause. Some of the comments on fan boards riddled with anger and disappointment.
Lost cause, really?
A real lost cause is losing an innocent life.
The recent shooting in Arizona hammers home that very point and then some.
It has both extreme tragedy and triumph.
The killing of the young 9-year-old girl who was an aspiring politician is real loss. Her life had only just begun and held so much promise.
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords nearly miraculous survival and early recovery from a bullet to the head is a victory more worthy than any 20-win season.
My point is this, much like the political rhetoric spewing from the left and the right, rabid sports fans should take a step back and dial it down.
Truly realize what's most important in life. Life itself and treating others decently.
So is it too much to ask to be more civil in both the sporting world and the real world?
It's fine to be a strong passionate fan but just keep expectations real.
Nothing is guaranteed in sports or life.
Personally, I think Coach Arnold and company will get it done. Give him time.
In the mean time, celebrate the triumphs in life, like Giffords.