Guys, whether you like to admit it or not, there are things in life that can bring us to tears.
Seeing your child suffer through illness or injury.
Losing a loved one.
Getting hit in the nuts.
A variety of sports moments dealing with people we have never met.
Wait a minute….a sports moment?
In the list of things that have brought me to tears over the years, I have to say that one of the strangest involves sports related moments.
Just a few moments ago I was reading a post over at the.[ED]ition about the last game in the Vancouver Canucks season – which is likely Trevor Linden’s last NHL game – and I have to admit that my eyes became a little watery and my throat got the tight feeling when you are trying to hold back the waterworks.
Here is a man that I have never met in my life, yet I am fighting back the tears. Not only that but I am not even a Vancouver Canucks fan.
Watching the response of the fans, his teammates, and the players from the opposing team was very touching. Personally, I nearly lost it when the video showed two elderly people – which I imagine are Trevor’s parents – enjoying the moment.
As a father myself, I can appreciate the pride that his parents must have felt at that moment.
So why do guys cry over sports?
I’m not sure that I really know the answer to that question.
Maybe it is something that brings back memories from our younger days when we played sports and were fighting for that dream of becoming a professional athlete. Many guys pour their heart and soul into following their favorite sports teams – one only hopes they put as much into their families – and that can bring about a wealth of emotion in good times and bad.
Maybe it is just ingrained into our DNA.
Whatever the reason may be, I can tell you that there have been a handful of sports moments that have brought tears to my eyes and I am not afraid to share that with all of you.
When the Chicago White Sox won the World Series – check.
When my son recorded an unassisted double play in Little League, twice – check.
Every time that I watch the movie Rudy – check.
Am I the only one?