This piece by Bob Costa (not the TV Costa) re: his interview with George Will is a wonderful read for the insight it provides to any number of life's vicissitudes including the nuances of baseball and how it differs from other professional sports and how it mimics democracy. These lines in particular caught my attention:
Like the ancient Greeks, Mr. Will considers sport a civic undertaking; witnessing physical grace and competition helps "emancipate the individual by educating his passions." For this reason, it's "good to take sports seriously."
They gave me pause to consider whether watching and cheering the various Wildcat endeavors over the last 60+ years have indeed emancipated me and just how much have my passions been educated. I can testify that my maturity has shortened the time and depth of my remorse following a loss while doing the same to victorious euphoria. Most importantly I've learned and accepted that valleys always succeed peaks, and vice versa. Nevertheless I still take UK sports quite seriously.