A big challenge in covering the Atlanta Braves is having to deal with the “college football mentality.” College7 football is king in the south, and fans take that mentality into the football season. I think I wrote a similar article before last season and I feel compelled to do the same again as a reminder.
As a recovering college football fanatic, I feel compelled to help others, so please bare with me…
I know it is going to happen, it is only a matter of time. About mid to late April if not before, the Braves will lose three in a row and fans will be in panic mode. Twitter, Facebook and the blogs will be alive with, “What is wrong with the Braves?” “Fire Fredi!” “Fire Wren!”
Heck, the Braves have lost their first two spring training games, should we panic now?!!
Three losses in a row is time to panic, after all you can’t win an SEC Championship with three losses in a row!
If you are a Braves fan who suffers from “college football mentality,” do you understand simple arithmetic? College foot ball teams only play 12 regular season games. Major league baseball teams play 162. Do the math, each individual regular season game in baseball impacts the season a fraction of what a college football game does.
Major league baseball teams, even championship caliber teams, have losing streaks and play lousy baseball for long periods of time during the season. But like great football teams, great baseball teams are ready to play come September. Lets hope the Braves finish strong this season and carry that momentum into the playoffs.
If the Braves are playing lousy come September, then lets all panic together.
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