I'm only 17 years old and I've been a die-hard fan of this team since the beginning of that magical run in 1999. I've put up with a lot of flack from my friends for sticking by this team, even through the terrible 04 and 05 seasons. When the ol' gun slinger Kerry Collins led them to a 13-3 regular season record, I was branded a bandwagoner. I gave no shit and knew that I had stuck by this team for the past 9 years. The last two seasons have been a shitstorm of emotions, both from the Titans' players, coaches and organization, and from the Titans' fanbase, including myself.
As a natural sports fan, at the start of every year I believe that my favorite team will somehow pull it together and make a run at the ship. Most times, in fact every single year for the Titans so far barring 1999, has ended in disappointment and frustration. Mostly directed towards the average and below-average players and coaches that have come across this organization in these past 11 years.
This year, nothing has changed. I do believe that this team can go 8-8 if things go our way. Deep down inside I hold that small glimmer of faith that every one of our players will get their head on straight, report to camp, throw the ball well and shut the fuck up, perform at more than a mediocre level, and that our coaches will know what the heck they are doing. In all likeliness, this team will be mediocre for just another year.
All I ask of this team is for them to play hard. Bring some respectability and some toughness back to Titans football. There was always something that attracted me to the Titans. It was the physical play and the grit that they had at one point, only to eventually leave it at bay. Get back to it, play your god-damn asses off and hit those other teams in the mouth. Let's go two-toned blue, make us proud.