Yesterday's 31-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals dropped the Seattle Seahawks to 3-6. Their starting running back Julius Jones got hit so hard during the defeat that he's got blood in his lungs.
So why does one study say Seahawks fans should thank their lucky stars for this lost season? Because losing makes you happy!
That's the inverted logic being pushed by a group of Ohio State researchers. During a 2006 Michigan-Ohio St. game, the researchers followed 113 students, checking in during commercial breaks to ask whether they thought their favorite team would win or lose, how suspenseful the game was, and if they were having fun or not. The winners?
Ohio State fans who were convinced their team would lose turned out to be the group that most enjoyed the game. A game ultimately won by Ohio State.
The researchers say that the key to enjoyment is low expectations. If you expect to lose, you'll be practically euphoric if all that negative energy gets magically flipped to positive. In other words, every Sunday for the next seven weeks should offer Seahawks fans the chance to be really, really giddy.