How much is too much?
How long can you watch?
If you're a fan of the Washington Redskins and you're at the game, how long are you going to stay inside the stadium before you say to yourself, I'm leaving so I can beat the traffic? And in the rain?
If you bought tickets to watch your football team and they were down 35-0 after one play into the 2nd quarter, would you throw your hands up in disgust and say, "I'm done."
Obviously there are different scenarios that would factor into such a decision.
If you have season tickets, you might be more willing to let this slide and come back next week with a clean slate. But what if this was your first game in 2 years because tickets are expensive and hard to come by for you?
I honestly don't know what I would do.
Let me clarify that I'm neither a Philadelphia Eagles fan nor a Washington Redskins fan. I'm a fan of competitive football. And this is not.
At this very moment, the Redskins have scored 14 unanswered to pull within 21 at 35-14 with six minutes remaining in the first half.
Personally, I'm a fan of Washington State University. And they've owned one of the worst football programs in the nation for the past four or five years. Last year they finished 1-11 and lost by an average of almost four touchdowns a game. The only game they won was an overtime victory against Southern Methodist by a score of 30-27.
If you were a fan of the Redskins and you were in attendance, when would you leave?
Did I listen until the end of that game on radio? No. And I'll never forgive myself for it.
SMU had jumped out to a 17-0 lead and the halfway mark of the second quarter had not passed yet. So I flipped it off. And the rest is history.
17-0 is not 35-0 but for WSU standards, it might as well have been. And that's why I couldn't stomach listening to the rest of the game.
I couldn't even make it halfway through the second quarter.
And now I ask you, what is your patience level for your team? When does a lead become so insurmountable that you realize today is not your day?
And not just in football. All sporting events make fans ponder that question.
Are you a die hard who will watch your team go down in flames and stay till the bitter end?
I applaud you if you can. But still might call you crazy in the process.
And now it's halftime and the Eagles are leading 45-14. Have you checked out yet?