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jerek
12-11-2006, 11:36 AM
This is probably going to be just about my only post in the Bullpen for the foreseeable future, but I thought it was a point that stands to be made for perspective. Most will probably ignore it, and I am sure that some have already grasped it, but I thought I'd state it for those few who might feel better to internalize it.

Before I get to my point, congratulations, Vince. You made some great plays. I do not and nor will I ever worship you or plan my life around your calendar or reminding the Texans F.O. of your everlasting worthiness, but you are an exciting football player and you provided the exclamation point on a tough loss in spectacular fashion.

Congratulations to the Texans, insofar as I felt that you fought hard and did a lot of good things in a tough loss. Back to the practice field, as we look ahead to New England.

Now, for my point. I'm not upset about yesterday.

Sure, when Vince skated into the endzone untouched, I was upset. I was upset that my team lost. I was upset that I had sat next to a couple of petty fans for the entire game who complained bitterly when Carr made a mistake and were silent when he made a play. I was upset that a friggin Titan wearing number 10 was prancing around the field, surrounded by more reporters in that moment than any one of our players had drawn throughout the entire season, playing to a google-eyed fanbase that seemed to outnumber our own.

I was upset.

For a little while.

I haven't been to such an enjoyable, emotional game in years, and I was pissed to see my boys in blue walk off the field as losers this Sunday. But it occurred to me then, as it has several other times throughout the year, that life was way too big and way too good to spend my Sunday and the rest of my week being upset about a Texans loss.

I remembered that these are a bunch of hundred-thousand dollar players who get to go drive home in their hundred-thousand dollar cars and chill in their million dollar homes with their posse and their trophy wives and girlfriends. And I bet you that some of them were upset ... and some of them weren't. So for the players who were upset? I'll let them be pissed for me. It's their job, not mine, and I'll feel better about paying their salaries knowing that losing eats away at them. And for those who weren't pissed ... well, if the guys on the field aren't pissed about a loss, then why the hell should I be?

I am done with being upset about a Texans loss. Flame away if you disagree with me, but I'm done being upset about ignorant fans too. I go to the games to be entertained, and I was entertained yesterday. I cheer for my team and whether they win or lose, I go to have a good time. And if some day I decide that I am no longer having a good time, then I sell my tickets to someone who will. "We" play the game to win, but I'm okay with the fact that I don't have anything to do with what goes on on the field, and I'm okay with the fact that I'm a part of the team that never sets foot on the field.

Take FWIW to you.

Titan "Tack" Fan
12-11-2006, 11:39 AM
I mean I get what you're saying and you make a good point. Football is too important for me to get over stuff like that though.

When the Titans or LSU lose I get in a really bad mood. The more important the game the more pissed I get. I didn't talk to anyone for like 2-3 days after our 2003 loss in the playoffs to New England.

19-10
12-11-2006, 11:41 AM
Good stuff . I'm almost to where you are with the exception of a couple points in other posts but you are right - life goes on for us and the only thing certain is change. We'll get there one day and it will be sweet, sweet, sweet.

Meloy
12-11-2006, 11:41 AM
Tennessee pulls it out in OT on a desperate but good run by VY. A win is a win but I'd be pretty miffed if I was Adams. With the injuries we have, almost any team should beat us by two tds.

travfrancis
12-11-2006, 11:46 AM
A win is a win but I'd be pretty miffed if I was Adams. With the injuries we have, almost any team should beat us by two tds.

Yeah, I'm sure Bud is real dissapointed right now.

Double Barrel
12-11-2006, 11:49 AM
Good post, jerek. There are too many things in life that should be much more important than watching football games. Because yes, the players win and lose, we just watch.

Vinny
12-11-2006, 11:50 AM
Football is an emotional sport....donno why people are shocked when they see emotional fans. It's part of the deal.

real
12-11-2006, 11:52 AM
I'm to the point where I'm more of a fan of the NFL than anything else...

I love the Texans....they are my team....But I enjoyed the game, and I pretty much enjoy all NFL games.....I don't root against any players, and I don't root against any teams....I have my favorites of course, but I thought about this before the Saints Cowboys game last night.....

I LOVE THE NFL

real
12-11-2006, 11:54 AM
Tennessee pulls it out in OT on a desperate but good run by VY. A win is a win but I'd be pretty miffed if I was Adams. With the injuries we have, almost any team should beat us by two tds.

Yeah....especially since the Titans were supposed to be bottom dwellers...

And since many predicted we sweep them....

Thanks for playing and don't forget your battle red koolaid on the way out...:tease:

HomeBred_Texan
12-11-2006, 11:54 AM
It indeed was a great game, win lose or draw. That was the kind of football I love to see. Smash mouth in your face football.

Any bets the Titans will be looking for a WR next year in the draft? 1 that can catch a dang ball when in the open by 25 yards deep? LOL. I for one was glad he dropped it...

But what worries me is, have the coaches lost confidence in the team? Calling a running play on 3/13 just didn't cut it for me. Starting to make me wonder...

jerek
12-11-2006, 12:04 PM
Football is an emotional sport....donno why people are shocked when they see emotional fans. It's part of the deal.

Shocked? Who's shocked? I'm just stating that I for one refuse to dwell on or internalize a bunch of millionaires losing a friggin game when the closest I get to the action is watching it.

Vinny
12-11-2006, 12:06 PM
Shocked? Who's shocked? I'm just stating that I for one refuse to dwell on or internalize a bunch of millionaires losing a friggin game when the closest I get to the action is watching it. I watch because it's my hobby (I love football)...I don't give a rat's behind how much they make...as a matter of fact, I think they should get every last nickel they generate since they pay a price on the field and give up their bodies for my enjoyment. Frankly, I think it's normal for fans to be upset when you are offered Prime Rib and get a McRibb instead.

Double Barrel
12-11-2006, 12:07 PM
But what worries me is, have the coaches lost confidence in the team? Calling a running play on 3/13 just didn't cut it for me. Starting to make me wonder...

I agree. The playcalling was either underwhelming or indicative that the coaches just don't believe in this team to get the job done...or perhaps both.

For reference, Shanahan did the same thing for the Denver/San Diego game, and we looked at each other and laughed about where Kubiak probably gets his tendencies from.

Texan Asylum
12-11-2006, 12:08 PM
Excellent post Jerek. I am really not that upset as well. Thought I'd be mad, but guess my expectations were met.

Vince made me wish we had him. If the things he said about Reliant being his house is true, then I'm glad we don't. Lack of class in my opinion...but that's just me.

Texan Football...can't live with it...can't live without it.:cool:

mexican_texan
12-11-2006, 12:11 PM
Being on the mountain top feels so much better when you've been in the deepest trench.

Maddict5
12-11-2006, 12:13 PM
I was upset that I had sat next to a couple of petty fans for the entire game who complained bitterly when Carr made a mistake and were silent when he made a play.


i thought Vinny was on the MB yesterday.... my mistake:)

Maddict5
12-11-2006, 12:14 PM
I agree. The playcalling was either underwhelming or indicative that the coaches just don't believe in this team to get the job done...or perhaps both.

For reference, Shanahan did the same thing for the Denver/San Diego game, and we looked at each other and laughed about where Kubiak probably gets his tendencies from.

LOL..i thought the exact same thing while watching that game