Just read an interesting article, about sports and happiness.
They referenced a study done by economists Rakesh Sarin and Manel Baucells.
Those two had an equation for Happiness
Happiness = Reality - Expectations
I found it very interesting. If I apply it to this years SU BBall squad, I can say I am not as happy with this years squad, as I was last years team. I don't know if the actual expectations were higher this year, but the reality was definitely lower.
Maybe this is all part of the Gravy discussion. But the lower my expectations, the happier I will be.
If I put this in with the FBall squad - I was very happy, because the reality was so much better and the expectations were lower. I expected a bowl bid - with the team maybe going 6-6 and going to a bowl, but not necessarily winning. They went to a better bowl, and crushed a good team. Reality was so much better then expectations, I was thrilled with the outcome.
Going forward, I will try to keep the expectations as low as possible, and I will be so much happier with the teams results. Kinda like rooting for the Mets. Expectations are always low - hey, maybe they can win 60 games this year.