For you non American football fans, we are just two weeks out from the Super Bowl. My team, the Minnesota Vikings, played their worst game of the season yesterday, and will not be going to the Super Bowl in their own home stadium. Too bad-it would have been fun. Still, life is the same for 99.99999% of Minnesotans today, as it was on Saturday, maybe a little "gosh darn, we were so close," going on. I'm sure there is a lot of Monday morning quarter backing as well. I've been a fan my whole life. I'll be a fan for the rest of my life. They may never get to another Super Bowl, let alone win, but purple blood runs through my veins.
No doubt the players are feeling it hard. It's one thing to lose in a close battle, but after their first possession touchdown, they were blanked the rest of the game, and it got more painful with every touch of the football by Philadelphia. Adding insult to injury, news reports were that Eagles fans were less than good sports, throwing beer cans and bottles at Viking fan buses, stealing caps off peoples heads, and other acts of grossness I don't need to share. I'm not a New England Patriot fan-quite tired of them actually. But if even one report of this behavior was true, I guess that is who I am rooting for. Reading and hearing behavior like that makes me wonder what might have happened had Minnesota won the game-maybe it was a blessing.
My point in this post is to remember, sports are just games. Fans don't benefit other than a bit of emotional, short lived gold. Despite the short term pain of losing, there is always next year. Stay true to your teams. Support the young ones coming up, and let's remember to be kind and gracious in defeat and in victory.