One of the more fascinating things, in my opinion, to come in the post-game discussion of yesterday's mind-melter is the debate of "optimistic fan" versus "pessimistic fan."
There are some who feel entitled to their pessimistic feelings as an invested fan, while others believe pessimism and "giving up on a season" means you're not a diehard. I don't think there's a right answer in this debate, but I'm curious to find out the spectrum of the Texans fanbase right now. The poll is below and feel free to explain your choice in the comments section. I'll throw my two cents in after the jump.
After the depression and anger subsided, I find myself clinging to an optimistic thread. I really don't know why because, as Charles Robinson writes here, the Texans "are most skilled at teasing and deceiving."
The Houston Texans draw us in with great play, only to smack us down with mind-numbing ways to lose. Yet, they are talented enough to win games, and 4-5 isn't out of it, especially when they do have a schedule that would lend itself to playing their way into the playoffs. It's not an easy schedule by no means, but they play playoff contenders.
Do I think they will win 6 of their last 7 to meet my 10-6 expectations? Not really. However, I cling to the hope that maybe they can fulfill all that promise. Maybe I'm just an optimistic person, or maybe I am hoping that wins happen so writing will be easier down the stretch. Either way, I will hope until they are officially eliminated from the playoff chase. They may not deserve the benefit of the doubt, but what can I say? That's how this fan is wired.
How are you feeling about the last seven games?
Optimistic - Meet the Jets, Beat the Jets, Let's start analyzing the Jets! (110 votes)
Pessimistic - The Jets? Bah! Let's look at resumes for new coaches and break down college players! (364 votes)
Indifferent - Football? Well, I guess... (39 votes)
Other - Because Rip will demand other. (33 votes)
546 total votes