The world needs an underdog. Tennis embraced Williams during a frail period as she wrestled with injuries and self-doubt, becoming a fragile, tottering giant who gained charm as she slid down the rankings. Crowds cheered for her because for a time, a brief, fleeting time, she was an underdog.
Simple reality is that she was always the best, always the most gifted even if she didn’t always show it. Now that she is showing it, the illusion is stripped away and we see her for what she is: dominant. People will say that they don’t like her looks, think she has an attitude, etc, etc. But the reality is that in part, she’s a pain in the butt because reality sucks. Fantasy needs a chance.
Bar?a came to mind because as with Williams, some culers have a notion that they are cheering for a flawed Colossus, an underdog. Positioning this, and triangles that, and it isn’t exactly right, not winning in the right way, etc. We go nuts when the team wins, It’s wonderful. Reality is that Bar?a winning is like death and taxes, an inevitability that is supplanted these days only by something rather flukish.
The end of the Ronaldinho era was an anarchic train wreck in which an excellent team found ways to lose because it was a mess. There were, in subsequent years, referee errors, even a volcano. A freakin’ volcano!
It’s the reason that “crises” such as dropping points at a cursed ground become seismic. There is nothing better to do. Sitting back and saying that the only thing that happened is that Bar?a was denied a chance to take over the league lead that week is messing up the illusion. We need to believe that our team is frail and fragile, rather than an assemblage of talent that is the best in the world. It’s churlish to say that Bar?a is going to win because it is the best team with the most talent. http://mmoga.cc/