Today continues the weekly series, F*ing Fridays, which will coincidentally occur on Friday. I mentioned some of my favorite F words back on Day 5, including: Fearless, Fabulous, Fine, Fun, Faith, Freedom, Forgiveness, to name a Few.
Last week I dove into the word Frontier.
Today’s F*ing Friday is dedicated to the word:
As in, the joy of sox.
When Justin and I moved in together a few years ago he requested only one thing:
It was reserved for football. He promised to show up and be there for our relationship in every way possible, but he really wanted me to understand how much he loved football.
“No problem,” I said. After all, I’m an ex-athlete, I get the love for a game.
Then football season started.
As if the tattoo of the New England Patriots logo on his leg wasn’t enough, it turns out he also has specific rituals of his fandom.
Including not shaving his face as long as the Patriots win.
If the Patriots lose a game, he shaves.
If the Patriots win, well, he doesn’t shave.
I totally support Justin’s dedication as a fan.
But, I have to admit, as the season drags on I find myself secretly wishing the Pats would lose. Not lose a lot mind you, but maybe lose a game perfectly placed every three weeks or so.
I would like to at least recognize the man sitting next to me on the couch.
I mean, really — do you know how long the football season is — especially if the team is any good and plays in the post season? Even longer if they make it to the Superbowl.
I have begged Justin to shave his beard.
I have even said: ”You can’t impact the game. You’re just a fan.”
Today I learned something f*ing different.
Dr. Eric Leskowitz spoke about the power of intention and group energy in his workshop: The Joy of Sox Weird Science and the Power of Intention.
He specifically studied the 2004 championship Red Sox team and the fans that helped make it happen. Yep, that’s right.
Turns out fans DO impact the game.
And the players and the outcome.
We all impact each other and the energy around us.
The Global Consciousness Project out of Princeton has the data to back this up. They collect data continuously from a global network of physical random number generators located at 70 sites around the globe.
By analyzing the data during major global events they have seen the random numbers become non-random for no apparent reason other that our GROUP consciousness.
Events like the death of Princess Diana sent the random number generators out of control.
Even more interesting, on the morning of September 11, 2001 the number generators started reacting hours BEFORE anyone was aware of the terrorist attacks.
It all points in one direction: group consciousness exists.
It affects all of us, our companies, our families, our communities … and our sports teams.
This backs up the phenomena Dr. Leskowitz has studied in Fenway Park. When fans pray from their heart with good wishes it physically affects the electromagnetic field — including the players and the ball.
And, it works both ways.
When fans scream negativities like “Yankees Suck” it actually sucks the energy force out of the entire park — for both teams.
So what’s the advice to turn your luck around?
It’s to simply believe with all your heart. It starts one person at a time and spreads from there.
So, with that, I leave you with this.
Justin, I was wrong.
Fans DO impact the game. You can keep your beard.