My beloved Magpies kicked off the season last night in disappointing fashion by losing our season opener to a team we were expected to beat. Predictably some of our snowflake supporters are already writing us off. But I liked one fan's response and I think it's sound advice for supporters of all team sports:
Post subject: Are our Expectations Realistic?
'Oh how I wish that we could stop loading up our players with unrealistic, huge, unattainable expectations. How I wish we could see them for what they are - actual human beings who are simply amazing in what they can do - how about JDG when he shrugged off that tackle with supreme strength to kick a goal against the Cats!!! How about Jamie Elliott, fighting god knows what demons, to get himself back on the park?
Why can't we rejoice in what our players can do, rather than expecting them to always gratify our every wish? They are there simply to make our loves whole, are they???? Get a life then, I say.
Why do some of us love to rubbish our team if we judge that they have turned in a weaker performance against our oh, so high standards?
Why do we expect that just because we made it to the big dance against all the odds, that we will automatically get there the next year?
So many players are suffering from mental health issues, because we the supporters like to to sit comfortably and anonymously behind our keyboards, dealing out the criticism. Those who dished out on Adam Treloar tonight. Do you realize he suffers from anxiety issues????
Our players and coaches are human - they make mistakes, don't always perform at their best, although they always try to. Get off their backs!! They are capable of doing things that 99.9% of us will never do, with gut-busting courage that is admirable.'