I have a problem. I think I need a 12-step program, if one existed for this problem. I am over-invested in the success of Mormon athletes.
I enjoy sports. I read the sports page on the train going in to work, and everything else on the train going home. I subscribe to Sports Illustrated. Things of course are more interesting when we have a rooting interest, and the default rooting interest is geographical. So yes, I am a fan of the Chicago Bears, the Bulls, the Cubs, and I have followed with interest the exploits of the Fighting Illini basketball team.
But I particularly follow Mormon athletes. I know who they all are (which annoys my 18-year old son no end). When they do well, I feel as though I’m on top of the world. When they tank, I feel depressed.
It’s almost as though I relate the strength of the truth claims of the Church to how well its athletes perform. I know intellectually that that is irrational; the Church was no more true on a night that Danny Ainge scored 24 points than it was on a night he laid up a bunch of bricks. It really shouldn’t matter that much to me. But it does, for reasons I cannot explain.
Does anyone else feel this way? Anyone care to psychoanalyze my little problem? (It’s really not *that* bad; I’m using a little hyperbole here for effect.)