Isn't it true we can classify our reaction after a tough loss, i.e. Clippers last night, as one of these two?
There are the posted comments that reveal a tendency to find the nearest bridge and take a swan dive, metaphorically speaking, back into the mucky pond of loserville. That the league has figured out the Blazers, Stotts has lost his touch, etc. It's the official Waterboy moment repeated ad nauseum, "Oh, no, we suck again!!" The funniest part is the fact that I've found myself regularly vacillating between the bridgejumping reaction and the ostrich reaction.
Because almost immediately after every bridgejumping comment you find the obligatory pat on the back and offering a tissue of "it's okay, we're just in a slump." Maybe someone offers 10 good reasons why this can't continue or somehow manages to find the 6 positive things in a game that looked like the Spruce Goose in a tailspin. Ultimately, the poster somehow comes across like that plain dwelling long necked bird with their head well under the ground. Although, to be fair, the legitimate argument has been made that the head is in a different location than the ground.
So it led me to an introspective moment: which one am I? I jump between the two regularly, so can I even pigeonhole myself into a single category? Then I had an interesting thought that led to this post: ostriches and bridgejumpers are the same thing. It's a simple reaction to disappointment when one is desperate for success. Both reactions are appropriate under the circumstances, since the bad is glaring and the good is so elusive. It's like the beautiful cheerleader from high school you had a crush on-- you can see your dreams coming true, but it's not reality. The fact remains you're the science nerd and have the attractant power of something in a petrie dish, and she's currently dating the QB of the football team.
The Blazers aren't quite in nerd class at the moment. Let's reserve that for the Philly's and Utah's of the world. But let's not be ostriches either. The Blazers aren't winning the championship this year. They likely aren't making the WCF. If they win a series, we should likely throw a parade, because that is success when we consider this roster, shiny spots and pimples alike. But the world isn't ending either, just because of a few losses. That soft strength of schedule everyone said the Blazers had? Look it up now. Only 3 teams have been through a tougher schedule as of the All-Star Break. That tells us just how brutal January/February has been.
So cheer up BEdgers! We're all in this together. No need to jump off a bridge just yet. Although if you drive by and I'm ready to, feel free to pull your head out of the sand and join me. Cheers!