For many years now my family has been crazy for all things football. Our love of the Arizona Cardinals has grown exponentially over the years, especially as the team has continued to improve and succeed in the league against so many odds. We can’t get enough of our Cardinals team and have developed a fondness for many of the players – so much so, that the more we get to know them through media coverage, they almost feel like family to us. Which is why the loss to the Carolina Panthers yesterday felt so personal.
Watching “my boys” suffer such a devastating loss yesterday and witnessing the death of our dream to play in the Super Bowl was almost more than I could bear. Even now nearly 24 hours later I’m struggling with a sole-searing sadness that has rendered me in such a state of grief, I fear that I may need to seek professional counseling. I’m thinking a prescription for an anti-depressant may be in my future.
The loss to the Panthers and the bid for the NFC Championship feels really personal to me. The Arizona Cardinals are Arizona’s team; they are OUR team … they are MY team – and win or lose, I will forever be a faithful Arizona Cardinals fan and staunch supporter of MY team. But because of this devastating loss, I don’t want to talk about the loss to the Carolina Panthers any more. It’s just too sad. I don’t want to sit around and imagine all sorts of “What if” scenarios.
The season is over and I feel cheated out of our much-deserved victory after the incredible season we had. I know that as a middle-aged woman, if I am feeling such devastation, I can only imagine how the coaches and players on the team are feeling today. While I merely watched the tragic ending of the season from the comfort of my own living room, they all were living the letdown up close and personal. I keep telling myself “it’s only a game!” But to each and every member of that team – this is their life, their careers and their livelihood … so yes, to them – it’s much more than a game.
My heart goes out to each and every member of the team. We feel your pain. As much as we the fans wanted to win the NFC Championship and a chance to play in the Super Bowl – you wanted it more. Watching post-game interviews, your pain at losing was heartbreaking to witness. You are a team that cares about your fans as much as the fans care for you. You are a team with style and grace and class which is why it’s been so easy to fall in love with you.
Thank you for a great season! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. There’s always next year! No worries … your fans will always be here for you in a sea of RED!
Blessings and good wishes from a Forever Faithful and Loyal, Lifetime Cardinals Fan …