I found myself slightly embarrassed over how excited I was when the Lions won yesterday, clinching a playoff spot in the process. After all, twelve teams make the playoffs each year so, on average, teams should make the playoffs slightly more frequently than once every three years. Obviously it has been a little bit longer than that for our Lions, and I realized that my excitement wasn’t just due to the pure accomplishment (hopefully we’ll get to the point where making the playoffs isn’t a big deal), but rather due to the team meeting (actually, exceeding) my expectations.
I was happy because, for once, we came into the season with legitimate expectations, and now we’ve witnessed those expectations coming to fruition. That’s enough for me. Everything else is gravy.
That’s not to say that I’m not going to root my hardest for the Honolulu Blue and Silver all the way to a Super Bowl victory, or that some small part of me won’t be disappointed if and when they get bounced from the playoffs, but I’m not going to get greedy and allow any future loss to crush my spirit. Because, when it comes down to it, the season is complete in my eyes – even if they suffer a disappointing loss early in the playoffs.
So that’s my plea to you – the Detroit Lions fanbase – that we all take a moment and recognize the great season they’ve had. That they’ve already met the biggest expectations that we set out for them at the beginning of the year. Let’s continue to enjoy the ride and look forward to a future that looks bright. So when the season eventually ends (probably in a loss), let’s remember this moment and be satisfied that the year went exactly as we hoped.