Maybe I've been waiting my entire life to work Indie rock legends Fugazi into something I could post on the WGR website. Or maybe I listened their album 13 Songs while running around Delaware Park this morning trying to think of something worth posting at all. Maybe this will prove worthy. Maybe it won't. I guess we'll just have to see. In the meantime, here's a link to a fan made video for the song Waiting Room by Fugazi.
So, you know, I've at least delivered you that, if nothing else here works for you.
Patience. We know we should have it. We want to exhibit it. It's a positive trait, one that we work to teach our children. I don't know about you, but when I feel myself getting impatient I feel as though I'm letting myself down. In all seriousness, when I'm in a meaningless yet somewhat frustrating situation, slow line at the grocery, traffic jam, my Fugazi YouTube clip link won't copy, I try to remember to smile and be patient. It is after all, no big deal. So yes, I actually try to practice at being patient.
How exactly am I supposed to apply that to our beloved yet endlessly frustrating sports teams? Should the Sabres finish out of a playoff spot again this season it will mean they've missed the post season 4 out of the last 6 years and 7 of 11. That is not good in a league where more than half the teams qualify for the playoffs.
That track record is the source of great fan frustration at this point. Darcy Regier has been at the helm for all of it. Terry Pegula is the owner that we were waiting our entire sporting lives for, right? He has owned the team for little more than 2 years. Should we be more patient with him while he's being patient with Regier? My answer to that is no, but recognize, it's still only been 2 years.
The Bills of course have been trying our patience even more. 13 seasons without the playoffs. I wrote in this space last week about the rebuilding job that the Bills are facing. What maybe I didn't make clear is that I'm fine with that. The Bills have made dramatic changes to their chain of command. Ralph Wilson stepped aside. I believe Buddy Nix will soon turn over the role of GM to Doug Whaley. They have a new coach and will have a new quarterback. As a sports fan I recognize and respect that it will take time for all of that to take hold and bear fruit.
Something else about patience I've been thinking about as it pertains to sports. My oldest son is 11 and watches games with me and loves the Sabres. He wants them to do well and roots for them just like I did when I was his age. What I don't ever see in him is the disappointment I remember experiencing as a kid. I'm reasonably confident that he's not hiding it from me. I think the game ends, they lose, and he shrugs his shoulders and goes to bed. This makes me wonder, why was I so wound up about my teams when I was 10? Did I learn that from my dad? Is it because I didn't have an X Box or an iPod? I don't know the answer. Maybe he's just 11 and hasn't been at it long enough. But like I said, I was a basket case when I was a kid.
Maybe that's why at age 47 I need to practice patience when someone brings 15 items to the 10 or less lane at the supermarket.
Another thing that can work on you while you're trying to be patient is the peer pressure of the fan base. Being patient can end with you being accused of being a sucker. Of not being demanding or discerning enough to deserve anything better than a consistently mediocre product. So it's easier to join in because who wants to be a sucker, right?
I am a patient boy, I wait I wait I wait I wait....