Be A Fan

Once a fan, always a fan.

Once a fan, always a fan.

Everyone has their little addictions. For me, it has always been sports. As far back as I can remember I have been a sports fan.  Throughout my entire life one of my true pleasures has been watching nearly every sport out there.

I love college basketball and football (big BYU fan) I love the NBA (particularly the Jazz, Celtics, and any team Danny Ainge played for). I love the NFL (don’t even get me started talking about the Cowboys). I love Major League Basball (crazy about Jeter and the Yankees). I love the NHL (I have two Rangers jerseys). I love tennis, and golf (Lendl, Jimmy Mac, Agassi, Nicklaus, Woods).  I love Major league soccer (go Real Salt Lake). And,like everyone else on the planet, I love the Olympics (USA! USA!)

However, as much I was ever a sports nut, I just couldn’t get into racing. NASCAR, Indy Car, all of it just seemed boring to me. I mean how many times can you watch someone make a left hand turn. How much strategy could there really be?   So, when the auto racing portion of my morning SportsCenter came on, I just tuned out and waited for them to get back to the “real sports.”

Then my brother Brandon married a girl whose father was involved in both stock-car and open wheel racing. This got me a little interested. Wanting to know more about my new sister-in-laws family, I started to watch the races. I was surprised, they weren’t earth shatteringly interesting, but there weren’t immensely boring either. As I learned more about the sport, I learned which cars and which drivers were associated with her family. The next time I watched, I had someone to root for.

This changed everything. I was totally and completely hooked. Four and five hundred mile races that before seemed to take an eternity were now over far too quickly. The pitstops that were previously just lulls in an already long race were now critical pieces of a clear-cut strategy where .10 of a second could mean the difference between victory and defeat.

What changed? The sport certainly didn’t. The heads of NASCAR and the IRL weren’t sitting at their headquarters wondering how they could hook Jason Hall.

I had changed. I had become a fan. Cheering on a specific driver and a specific team made all the difference. The races became more interesting and more fun. What used to be long, dull, and boring was now exciting, invigorating, and always all too short. I rarely miss a race now. I can’t always watch them live, but through the miracle of TiVo I catch every one.

Like my experience with racing our lives can become exciting and inspiring to be a part of if we will simply become fans. We need to be fans of the people we know, cheering them on to victory in whatever pursuit they choose. We need to root for our children, our spouses, our friends, and our neighbors.

We need to root for our country and the values that made it great. We need to cheer for our communities and our churches and our schools. For, whether we attend them or not, they are still part of us. We need to cheer for good art, movies, and music. We need to stop sitting on the sidelines and start becoming involved. We need to become fans.

People today have become too dedicated to the “scarcity mentality.” They believe that someone else’s victory somehow decreases their chances to win. When we become fans, the, “scarcity mentality” goes away and is replaced with an, “abundance mentality.” We then began to realize that everyone can succeed.  In truth, success breeds success. Therefore, when we see another do well it only improves our chances to do the same.

So be a fan, and notice how much more you enjoy every inning, quarter, half, lap, set, hole, minute, and second of your life.


5 Responses to Be A Fan

  1. Margie Sanders says:

    Jason . . .I love reading your blog as much as I loved typing your book . . . . when is it going to be published? You have great stories. Keep up the good work Margie

  2. LisaW says:

    Ok, Jason, I am chuckling away. I’m reading along thinking, “Yeah, yeah, yeah. And, just where is my favorite sport? Surely anyone who can get excited over watching grown men chase a ball with a stick ‘gets’ racing!”

    Being a race fan is one of my passions. Ask Kolette, she’ll probably remember one of my Joy of Giving gallery posts of my adorable nephew holding the checkered flag at the Craftsman Race in Martinsville last year.

    I’m tying into your message. Really.

    I signed the framed layout, “You are always a winner.” It is one of his most prized possessions, and I sincerely hope that whenever we doubts himself, he looks at that picture and knows how much he is believed in.

    Like you, I believe that our most important role is to be a cheerleader – you will never know when that unconditional, enthusiastic belief in another makes a difference in their belief in themselves.

    Back to racing – be sure to set your TiVo for the prerace shows. NASCAR is a very closely knit family of people who work hard off the track to give back and make a difference. Better yet – go to a race! There’s alot more substance to the sport than a bunch of beer-drinking rednecks looking for a party and a wreck😉

    Oh, and as far as …

    The heads of NASCAR and the IRL weren’t sitting at their headquarters wondering how they could hook Jason Hall.

    Don’t bet a paycheck on that! lol

  3. Stacy Wellner says:

    Great blog – right up my alley, which you know cause I’m a sports nut, too! Though,football will always and forever be my “sport”! I loved how you tied everything in to cheering people on – what a great concept! Something I can always work on.
    By the way, I’m loving all the pictures you’re sharing from your life. The one attached to this blog is awesome – you need to enlarge it and hang it in your office!

  4. Melissa Cavanaugh says:

    Love reading your blog… this post is particularly awesome! I am passing it on🙂

  5. Stephen Jensen says:

    Dude I didnt know that you once knew exactly how ben and I felt when watching nascar.

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