We have all experienced it, together, as Titans fans. The dark times, the bad years...
We suffered through the disappointing two years in 2004, and 2005... when expectations were supposed to be high.
We watched Fisher trying to restart the team for the 2006 season, making sweeping cuts. We had a few good years, then had to suffer through 2009's 0-6 start... and then the total collapse in 2010. Another change takes place, this time, on the coaching level. The team struggles in 2011, and then suffers another bad year in 2012...
Hello, and welcome to 2013. How was your trip down memory lane?
All those bad memories, all those seasons where we had to know our Titans were devolving from their promising start.. For some of us, they consumed us and turned us into pessimists, who expect nothing less than horrible and see anyone that feels otherwise as 'fooling themselves'. For some of us, those memories are in the back of our minds, as we attempt to convince ourselves that brighter times are ahead. And there are those that fall somewhere in-between. The ones that can believe brighter times are ahead, but are waiting for the franchise to convince them.
Regardless, one thing remains true for everyone: We want to see the Tennessee Titans win a Superbowl. We want to see them win, and win often. We have that connection to our team. We feel hurt when they're hurting. We get angry when they should feel angry at themselves, regardless of whether they are or not. We call for change, when we feel that change is necessary for success.
None of this is new information, of course, but I think it needed to be said. While we may disagree over what will cause our team to reach the Superbowl, we all want them to get there. We should all respect that in each other, and that respect should unite us, no matter what.
But the actual point of writing all this wasn't to remind everyone that we all share that common trait.
The point of this was to address something we're all dealing with. The fact that our team has struggled so much lately.
Wouldn't it be nice to just go back in time, and somehow 'rewrite' those seasons? Make it to where Vince Young never set us back, or make it to where McNair never left us. Make it to where there were no bad seasons. Would that be awesome?
If you believe it would be awesome, then I suggest you think that over after reading this.
When the Patriots won their 3rd Superbowl in four seasons, fans that were new to the franchise treated the celebration as if it was a casual occasion. They were expecting it. They were used to it. It was 'supposed' to happen to them. They had never experienced 'dark times', so they took that win for granted.
When the Saints won their first Superbowl in franchise history, after half a century of despair, fans all over were treating it like the most joyous moment they could ever experience. Tears were shed. Happiness was shared. Relief and positivity reigned.
That's what I want, and it's what anyone should want.
Those bad memories of ours.. They will make us enjoy the Titans' future Superbowl victory, more than we ever could otherwise.
The next time you want to repress those bad memories, or put them behind you, I really hope you don't do that. Wear them as a badge of honor. Carry them with you. One day, the Titans will win the Superbowl, and the relief you feel will be like nothing you have ever felt before.
And those bad memories will have created good ones.