On The Winning Team: The Ballad of a Bandwagon Fan

My friend Ramy and I like to talk about sports a lot. We’re often interested in the same kind of sports, so we sometimes find ourselves going back and forth about everything that’s going on in the world of basketball and tennis. One day, we were texting each other during the men’s Wimbledon final, and after it was over, he said, I hate the way you root for sports. I was taken aback at first, but quickly understood what he meant. You see, when the match first started, we decided who we were going to root for that day. But as a fan of women’s tennis instead of men’s, I had no dog in the fight, and my loyalties wavered with almost every point. When it was down to the wire, it didn’t look as though the player we picked to win at the beginning would prevail, so I found myself rooting for the opponent once it became apparent he would clinch victory. I do that sometimes. Admittedly, it’s not an admirable trait, but I’m not ashamed to confess that I’m a proud bandwagon fan, and this tradition started in my youth. I grew up in the ’90s during the golden era of basketball. The game was reaching a critical mass fueled by the excitement over the greatest player the world had ever seen: Michael Jordan. (And I will die on the hill that says he’s the greatest it ever has seen till this day!)`

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And here I was, a born and bred New Yawker (gotta say it with the accent, b) who lived and died for MJ and his Chicago Bulls. You wouldn’t catch me rooting for Patrick Ewing and The Knicks; it made no sense to me since they were the inferior team. Rarely do I find romanticism in the sports underdog story. Even as a kid, it just felt logical to go for the team that was going to win, and that would be my philosophy moving forward.

Pick The Winning Team

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The 2016 NBA preseason had a huge storyline filled with drama and suspense because of a very pivotal decision made by Kevin Durant, who decided to join the team that had just beat his former team in the previous season’s Western Conference finals. I, of course, was excited by this move because, at the time, I was a Warriors fan. But PLENTY of other people had a ton of things to say about it. The first accusation lobbed at KD was of being a ring chaser. Of course, it’s easy to get a ring by joining an already championship team when you’re one of the top 3 players in the league. But can you win without joining a roster of four other All-Stars? Next, fans said he had no loyalty. The Seattle Supersonics drafted Durant into the league, and they would later become the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was the pride of the city and their marquee player. And now, the hometown hero was casually walking away from the people who have always rooted for him.

But a friend on Facebook said something that summed it up for me. The people who were mad at Kevin Durant for signing with The Warriors are the same ones who will stay at a job they hate, with a boss they hate, complaining about being miserable, while never trying to change it. I understand the concept of loyalty, but why should a player be relegated to a single team his entire career simply because that was the organization that got the luck of the draw the year you were waiting in line? Durant did what he had to do, and I wasn’t mad when he made his next move. Kevin Durant is now in Brooklyn, while Klay Thompson is sidelined for the season, and Steph Curry has a broken hand. The Warriors can’t buy a win to save their lives, so I opted not to purchase NBA League Pass this year, and I currently have no dog in this fight.

Create The Winning Team

I’ve had quite a few jobs throughout my life, but only two careers. My first career was in music, and my current one is fitness. After coming to the end of my rope trying to make a stable living in music, I started my fitness career as a personal trainer in a gym, and I gave myself one year before branching off on my own. The gym was friendly, and corporate always encouraged people to focus on moving up in the company. They provided many opportunities and room for growth, but I never saw myself as a “company guy.” For me, being on a management track means making sure my first loyalty is to the team, even if the conditions and circumstances of that team change, even if the team doesn’t care about my well being as an individual, only as a cog in the wheel. Being on someone else’s team also means I can only go as far as someone else decides, which doesn’t always fare well for people who fall into the many categories that I fall into — black, woman, gay — and I didn’t want the powers that be deciding my fate.

I’ve always wanted to win big, and when I didn’t feel like I could win by following the company line, I created my own team. I formed Electric Body so I could do the kind of fitness I wanted to do, for the people I wanted to do it for, and so I could decide my fate. I feel as though being an entrepreneur has been the inevitable path for me, and I’m excited to embark on this journey, share my insights, and highlight my ups and downs. If you’ve ever thought that you want to break out on your own, but you’re not sure how, please stay tuned to this space on my blog, where I’ll be talking about my life as an entrepreneur. I can tell you about all of my pitfalls, so you don’t have to make the same mistakes, and more importantly — showcase all of my wins, so you know the possibilities for yourself.

Written by

Kelly*Jones, First of her name, Craftsmen of words & melodies, Soul Revolutionary, Protector of the Fitness Realm, Smasher of goals, Mother of Electric Body

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