Vital Football

Latest Sunderland AFC News

The Sunderland Flu

The Sunderland Flu

I feel sick.

This has happened to me before, this sickness.

These are the symptoms: a feeling of optimism, followed by elation, followed by anxiety, followed by rage, followed by a sour stomach, followed by depression. I wish I knew how to manage this sickness, because it seems to come over me whenever Sunderland play lately. Or when they concede a goal in the last minute of stoppage time against Pompey. And I can`t stop watching Sunderland. I honestly can`t. It`s like a compulsion.

I am an addict.

What`s that they say? If you do the same thing over and over again expecting a different result, then you are insane. I`m starting to think this applies here. I desperately want to have a sit-down with a lifelong Sunderland supporter who has the perspective of decades and ask him/her how they do it? How does one maintain hope, or support, or any sense of optimism in the face of so much mediocrity? All the false dawns? All the relegation battles?

How should I be a Sunderland supporter? Why should I be a Sunderland supporter? I don`t have to do this to myself anymore. So why should I?

Why does anyone give their time, money, and energy to such a cause. Are we, as Sunderland supporters, going to eternally tilt at windmills or will there come a day when all that effort pays off?

I have a friend here in LA who works at Tiffany & Co. One afternoon he waited on Peter Kenyon and Bruce Buck. Making small-talk, he asked them what they did for a living and Bruce mentioned that they worked for Chelsea. Eric - my friend - brightened and mentioned that he had a friend - me - who was a Sunderland supporter. Kenyon chuckled and Bruce said, "Yeah, Sunderland are like the Milwaukee Brewers of the Premiership."

Very funny.

For those of you who aren`t familiar with American Baseball, let me clarify. Milwaukee: a medium-sized town in the state of Wisconsin. The Brewers: a small-market team laboring away in Milwaukee. Solid support. Nice club. Perennial strugglers.

Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez: these players will never play for Milwaukee.

Is this what I have to look forward to? A life of supporting the Milwaukee Brewers of England? I know I`m asking a lot of questions this time 'round, but I`m looking for suggestions. And I`m serious: how do I continue to support a team this dedicated to dashing my hopes and maintain my health and sanity? Because after the last three matches, I`m back to the old worries.

I`m sending out an SOS. I welcome your thoughts.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:JJ Burch
Date:Thursday February 11 2010
Time: 3:12PM

Comments

0
After watching Wolves and West Ham do what we can't, win a game, it really is worrying times for all Mackems across the globe. I feel sorry for Sunderland fans who pay their money only to be given the same dissapointment every season. Maybe we are cursed...
GazJohnson
11/02/2010 15:15:00
0
Cursed is right. I agree that the real victims are the season ticket-holders.
jjburch
11/02/2010 19:09:00
0
Good piece jj.. And that is exactly how I feel. I keep telling myself that other clubs fans go through the same but I don't think they do do they? The amount of times our hopes are raised then dashed is incredible. Being cursed is a ludicrous idea...but its the only explanation I can ever come up with.
rokermackem
11/02/2010 19:24:00
0
Hate to say it but maybe we just aren't a Premiership club. Whenever we are in the Championship we are always optimistic of achieving promotion. Yeah, it lacks the glamour and quality of the Premiership but its still entertaining enough and we go through the season feeling optimism rather than a sense of impending doom. There are fans of Championship clubs who are happy with being there. It provides enough drama and excitement too - remember Carlos Edwards' screamer Vs. Burnley?! Thats one of my favourite Sunderland memories. I don't know... I'm going insane at the moment. I'm clutching at straws.
AJBrownSAFC
12/02/2010 17:25:00
0
Maybe you're right, AJ. I remember that Edwards goal like it was yesterday. Got up from the sofa, screaming like a maniac, and ran across the living room and nearly passed out from the headrush. Really would like more moments like that, but as you say, maybe they're not to be had in the Prem. I just don't think I could bear watching us fall down lower than the Championship though -- although I don't suppose I have a choice in terms of supporting any other club, now do I? I can't. The thought of pulling on a different strip makes me physically ill. How did this happen???!!!!
jjburch
13/02/2010 05:31:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Articles

A Vital Challenge - Ben Nevis To Face The Fear

Vitalfootball.co.uk co-owner Jonathan Fear is pushing himself to the limit in order to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis.

Who Will Sunderland Face In 2016/17 (3/5/16)

With less than a handful of games remaining in the 2015/16 campaign, some promotions and relegations in the football pyramid are already known.

Cameron Not Happy About Penalty Decision.

Stoke defender Geoff Cameron was not happy about being the player who conceded the penalty that gave Sunderland a draw at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Big Sam Praises Defoe And His Goals.

Sam Allardyce sang the praises of striker Jermain Defoe as he kept his cool to score Sunderland's equaliser against Stoke in the dying seconds.

Archived Vital Sunderland Articles

Vital Sunderland articles from

Site Journalists

JoJo
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Which club will survive?
Suggested By:
Sunderland78%
Norwich14%
Newcastle8%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 36 22 11 3 77 30
2 Spurs 36 19 13 4 70 39
3 Arsenal 36 19 10 7 67 25
4 Man City 36 19 7 10 64 30
5 Man Utd 35 17 9 9 60 12
6 West Ham 35 15 14 6 59 17
7 Southampton 36 16 9 11 57 14
8 Liverpool 35 15 10 10 55 11
9 Chelsea 35 12 12 11 48 7
10 Stoke 36 13 9 14 48 -14
11 Everton 35 10 14 11 44 6
12 Watford 35 12 8 15 44 -6
13 Swansea 36 11 10 15 43 -13
14 WBA 36 10 11 15 41 -14
15 AFC Bournemouth 36 11 8 17 41 -20
16 Crystal Palace 36 10 9 17 39 -10
17 Newcastle 36 8 9 19 33 -25
18 Sunderland 35 7 11 17 32 -18
19 Norwich 35 8 7 20 31 -26
R Aston Villa 36 3 7 26 16 -45
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Results (view all)

Sunderland A.F.C. Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2016 3:00PM : Chelsea (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 11 2016 7:45PM : Everton (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 15 2016 3:00PM : Watford (a)
Barclays Premier League