Here is a new article submitted last night by Panther94…
There’s so much arguing on this site about who is right and who is wrong Should we be pessimistic about our team, our Pitt Panthers, or should we be optimistic? What does it mean for us to be realists? I don’t really know for sure, but I can share my thoughts.
I can tell you that I have been an optimist about Pitt football. What does this mean to me?
Despite every piece of evidence telling me that things are bad, I choose to hope for the best and deny the worst. Why? Maybe that says something about me. Maybe I don’t want to cheer for a loser. Maybe I want to make excuses and continue to love my team. And it makes me angry to hear the pessimists talking about how we’re going to suck next year and how Narduzzi is a bad recruiter.
So, I have to ask myself, why do I hate to hear that? I think it’s because I need to be engaged in my team, because for me it fills a hole in my life. Now the next question then? is this, why can’t I be engaged if I accept the pessimistic view? We’ll get back to that.
Realism is next on the list. Here are some definitions:
- The attitude or practice of accepting a situation as it is and being prepared to deal with it accordingly.
“the summit was marked by a new mood of realism”
synonyms: pragmatism, practicality, common sense, levelheadedness
“optimism tinged with realism
2. the quality or fact of representing a person, thing, or situation accurately or in a way that is true to life.
“the earthy realism of Raimu’s characters”
synonyms: authenticity, fidelity, verisimilitude, truthfulness, faithfulness
“a degree of realism”
“Accepting a situation as it is”…hmm. We all have different opinions about what the situation actually is. Notice that neither of those definitions mentions anything about knowing what the future holds. All I can gather from this is that a realist doesn’t speculate, but sticks to the facts at hand and judges based on that, without an ounce of speculation. I haven’t seen anyone on this blog that this applies to 100%.
This next thought is for all of you pessimists out there. You used to make me angry…so angry. And sometimes you still do when you attack players and coaches personally. Giving this some good, honest thought now, I believe that everyone should be allowed to voice their opinion about anybody representing the University of Pittsburgh. You can even get personal with coaches, although I don’t like it.
Where I draw the line, is personally attacking our student athletes. That’s just uncalled for. That being said, I can separate vindictiveness from pessimism and have an honest debate with you pessimists. After all, I have to ask myself, as an optimist, what is your Pitt Point of View? What were you experiences with Pitt? How have you been affected by decisions made by the administration?
Perhaps I need to walk a mile in your shoes.
This all leads me to do a little bit of introspection. Why can’t it be true to me that Pitt just plain sucks and will forever (or a long-ass time) as a lot of you pessimists say?
And, what might be even more important, is how is that you pessimists can believe the way you do and keep coming back for more? I know most of you are not trolls. We’ve all thought that about UPitt at some point (sorry man). But, those of us who have been on this blog and the Blather, know otherwise.
So, what is it then? As an optimist, I have to apply my optimistic thinking to you as a person. Could it be that you’re being as realistic as you think you can be and not want to be disappointed as we all have so many times? I’m not sure. But, I try to put myself in your place, and then I think, “if it were so god damned bad, why would I keep coming back?”
Why continue to follow this team without hope? And then it hit me! If Pitt is a relationship (girlfriend/wife, whatever), I as an optimist am saying that I can only hope for better and without that hope, all is lost. You, as a pessimist, have already lost hope, but you’re not leaving our beloved. Perhaps the pessimist loves Pitt even more than the optimist? I don’t know the answer to that, but from my thoughts above, it’s quite possible.
So, I ask all of you, please, we can all learn from each other. Let’s just understand that we have the same love and we express it differently. When we disagree, it’s not personal. Let’s really understand our Pitt point of view.