Uncharted territory

The Cardinals are in the NFC Championship game this weekend.

For those of us fans that have endured years and years and years of losing seasons, being the punchline to jokes, and lots of teasing from friends whose favorite teams have won Super Bowls and other accolades, this is for us.  We can finally hold our head up and say that we are a Cardinal fan and can hang our hat on something besides “have to support the home team”. 

I have seen my baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, win a World Series.  I have seen my basketball team, the Phoenix Suns, make it to the playoffs several times and once they made it to the finals to lose to Michael Jordan and the Bulls.

 But my favorite sport is football.  My favorite team is the Cardinals.  And they are one game away from the Super Bowl.  If they win this weekend, I cannot even imagine what I will do or feel like.  It is almost weird.

For the past few weeks, I have heard nothing but “the Cards are the worst team to ever make the playoffs, and win a division”.  There was even a site that had some computer program that took every game, ran through them 1000 times and came out with several interesting reasons as to why the Cards would lose in the Wild Card Game against the Falcons.  Hm, they also predict they will lose this weekend against the Eagles.  Guess computers don’t take into account the passion, determination, and desire they have been playing with for the past few games.  If the Cardinals lose this weekend, I would be very upset.  Not only because I believe they can win, but because of the way the Eagles have played lately they should beat them.

I am hoping they go on and win the Super Bowl.  If they don’t, I would be OK with it because just getting there, is a victory in itself.  My biggest let down would be if they are not able to take the momentum from this season into next season, and go out there and lay an egg.  That would be a greater loss than losing by 30 points in any of the remaining games.

Of course, there will always be peoble jumping on the bandwagon and that is OK too.  The real fans will stick with them, even when they are horrible.  But I just am enjoying the ride while it lasts.  If I could change one thing about this season, it would be to make it last season.  It would have been cool if the Super Bowl was a home game for the Cardinals.

Take care, enjoy the games, root for who you like.  Jeer at who you don’t like.  Its a great game, and I love it.

Cardinal Fan

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