I listened to Jim Bowden this morning describe the atmosphere before and after last night's baseball game. He said that the Cardinals' fans were in a sullen state prior to the game, with tickets going at face-value and T-shirts selling for half-price. Of course, after the game people were in a state of euphoria, and tickets and merchandise were selling for more than double the original price.
We see and hear about this type of behavior all the time; it's typcial human nature.
When have you been guilty of losing hope, lowering expectations, or flat-out fearing the worst during a sporting competition, only to experience a positive outcome?
For me, it was Game 6 of the 1997 NBA Western Conference Finals: Jazz vs. Rockets. I thought that Houston could not possibly lose that game with Olajuwon, Barkley, Drexler, and an incredibly hot Eddie Johnson hitting every shot he threw up. Game 7 was inevitable.
Fortunately, John Stockton thought otherwise.