When I was a small child and made the decision to cheer for all teams “Georgia”, my father warned me that the consequences of that decision would be a lot of disappointment and heartbreak in my future. That may seem like a harsh thing to say to a 4-year-old but I commend the old man for being honest and attempting to prepare me for the harsh and cruel world that lay in front of me. Sportswriter and Atlanta native Barrett Sallee understands this as well, as he lets us in on a conversation he had with his 6-year-old son:
Obviously, the last 365 days alone have been enough to prove my Dad correct as the Atlanta Falcons and Georgia Bulldogs have both lost football championships over that time frame despite never trailing for even one second in regulation. Try not to think about that fact too much. There are only so many ways you can deal with that level of perpetual anguish and despair, some may choose to stay in bed and cry it out for a few days or maybe break into Tom Brady’s house to steal one of his Lombardi trophies because he has enough nice things. Well I’m all out of tears and I haven’t been able to outsmart Tom’s attack dog so I choose to take refuge on Twitter with other people unfortunate enough to have pledged their fandom to teams within the Peach State.
Of course there is a lot of trolling going on by other fanbases after losses like those, but if you follow the right people most of that is filtered out. The folks at TheFalcoholic.com understand the necessity of coping via twitter and compiled a solid list of cathartic tweets after a recent frustrating playoff loss to a career backup QB, here are some of my favorites:
I’ve always said that the perfect tweet is the one that finds a way to connect the Atlanta Falcons, Alabama and Georgia football, and that miscreant William Tecumseh Sherman. I think the takeaway here is that more and more sportswriters and sports blogs are starting to understand that misery truly does love company, and are using that concept to connect with more and more people who may be interested in their day-to-day content. I’ll see you all on Twitter after the next soul crushing Georgia sports loss.