After a year comprised of five seasons, and four trips to playoffs, my all girls indoor team, The Brewers, finally sealed the Champions title we’ve coveted since day one. And while we expected banners to drop from the ceiling, trumpets to play fanfares, and God himself to come down for a little palm-pressing, what we felt was far less than ecstatic; we were almost unfazed to the point of being more subdued than usual after a win. Rather than a feel of accomplishment, there was a feeling of “obviously.”
Lauren’s theory for this feeling was that the game was not close enough, that the stakes were not high. However, I would beg to differ. Yes, the finally score was 6-1, but that does not mean we did not work hard as a team to get the score that way. Our team played with a sense of urgency, with aggressive moves, and most importantly, as team. The forwards helped out the defense when need be. The defense made smart moves with the ball when clearing it. There were many times when I was plain surprised the other team did not put the ball straight into our goal. It was a strong game on both sides.
Ken has another theory. He pointed out that being the champions of an indoor soccer recreation league does not mean that much. It is not even comparable to winning a season of Little League. Kids, high school, collegiate, and professional sports teams only have one season per year. When you win in one of those leagues, that title carries weight for a year. If the Superbowl came one Sunday a month, no one would be stoked to win it. Nor would advertisers be inclined to develop interesting commercials, or fans feel the need to party like it’s 1990 (ha, who are we kidding? Fans always want to party like it’s 1990). But winning in a rec league does not carry that weight — it isn’t like we don’t have the first game of the new season next week.
My theory is that we simply wanted it for too long, and thus our satisfaction was derived from trying to get to finals, in the anticipation of the games ahead, rather than their actual outcomes. Outsiders tend to ask the outcome of the game, but they never ask how it got there. Sure, winning is nice. But the story is how you earned that win.