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More fans please, and fewer critics

Like much of the world, we’re all riveted to the Winter Olympics going on right now.

Top athletes from around the world have gathered to compete for one of the very-top three positions in their respective sports.

One can only imagine the years of preparation required to get to this level of competition. Many of the athletes began their sports as children, some were just toddlers. It’s really a life-long commitment to achieve world-class status in just about anything you do.

(I won’t get into the depth or breadth of NBC’s coverage of the Olympics again, and how they portray the U.S.A. Olympics more than the world Olympics.)

At each event are hundreds of fans. You know, short for “fanatic.” People watching, cheering at the top of their lungs. They jump, scream, ring cow bells, wave flags. Wild-colored clothes and painted faces seem to add to their over-the-top excitement.

Some are cheering for a family member. Some are rallying for their country to win. Others are just enthusiastic about witnessing a great competitor in a world competition.

No matter who they are or why they do it, these individuals are cheering with abandon. No care about being caught on video being crazy. And no worry about cheering for an underdog who may not win. They cheer to cheer.

Then, on the other extreme, there are the critics and commentators. Yes, it’s their job to pick apart world-class performances. But don’t you find it tiresome?

Imagine if us common folk had such critics doing a blow-by-blow commentary on our performances.

Here’s what it might sound like at the grocery store. “Smith is off to a slow start scanning groceries. She’s waiting to find her rhythm. We saw it earlier today, but her performance is lackluster now. Watch the flip of her wrist. It’s so inconsistent. Nothing like what we expect of her at this level of competition. I really think she hit her prime back in 2012, don’t you? Oh! A slip there! Did she really just let those apples
double-bounce on the scale? This is really turning into a disappointing performance.”

No, thank you!

Give me enthusiastic, even blindly euphoric fans any day!

The trouble is that both fandom and critique are contagious. Start to find fault with something (like the lack of preparation in some areas of the Olympics) and everybody will jump on. Or, start clapping and cheering at an event, and others will join you.

Are you a fan, or a critic? Which would you rather be?

By profession, we’re some of both. But being that over-enthusiastic “fanatic” is so much more fun (and fun to be around)!