It’s Rivalry Weekend, Enjoy!

This four-day weekend isn’t about turkey; it’s about football. From Thursday until Sunday we can turn on the television and watch the pro or college teams fight for bragging rights. This weekend USC and UCLA will play for Los Angeles domination. If you’re a fan of either team, the game can be nerve-racking. And according to researchers from Ohio State University, this fear and near-despair may be what makes these rivalry games enjoyable.

Specifically, if your team is the one who wins but you thought at one point that they were sure to lose, the game was more thrilling and suspenseful than a fan of the losing team. “We found that negative emotions play a key role in how much we enjoy sports,” said Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, co-author of the study and associate professor of communication at Ohio State University, in a prepared statement.

As for me, I’ll probably start watching the battle of LA in the fourth quarter. UCLA is my hometown team, but I don’t find enjoyment watching them. I find frustration. Sigh.

It’s Rivalry Weekend, Enjoy!

My Favorite Time of Year

Last night was the first official game of the college football season. I love September.

For some reason, I have always been partial to the NCAA over the pros. Maybe it’s because I like to see the teams develop over the season and over the year. Or that I cheer for schools I would have liked to go to: UCLA (granted, this is my hometown team and I worked there for a few years), Northwestern, and Boston College. [We also follow Notre Dame, Florida and Illinois for various other reasons.] Or, maybe it’s because each game is a surprise: you don’t know who will win and it’s always interesting to see the amount of heart and emotion that these young players bring to the game. It’s this last reason that I am a fan. That is what makes a sport—whether it’s football, tennis or golf—compelling. So this fall, I’ll watch the boys do battle on the field and enjoy every minute of it.

My Favorite Time of Year