In just under 3 hours, our Houston Texans will participate in their first ever playoff game. I am one of the many, many Houston Texan fans who will be glued to the TV, rooting with all my heart and passion, for this season to last at least one more week.
There is also another group I am a part of, that most of you are apart of too. Residents of Houston, during the time our beloved Luv Ya Blue was ripped from our hearts. We sat through that. We sat through the rumors of LA. We sat through Carr, Faggins, Reeves, Babin, and countless others who did nothing but test our resolve to turn off the TV in the 2nd quarter. We survived. You may not realize it now, but you will look back at this moment with fond memories. There's something incredibly special about watching the Texans from the ground up, finding new ways to lose (looking at you Rosencopter and Q-Tip), being the young up and coming team, and finally realizing that potential in spite of a season full of injuries that would make last year's Green Bay Packers team cringe.
Watching on TV, the Falcon game at Reliant Stadium weeks ago was by far the loudest Ive ever heard. That was 10 years of frustration and hope from 75,000 die hard fans. There are a couple of recent events that it reminded me of. First was the Patriots of 2001 when they were at old Foxboro Stadium. You know the scene where all the blue-collar die hard Pats fans were throwing snow in the air. That was pure joy. The second was the scene when Golden State beat Dallas in the playoffs. That crowd affected that series. But in both cases, the success ended up being their downfall. Gillette Stadium is beautiful, but it doesn't have the fans and the atmosphere that Foxboro had. Golden State's arena was a complete 180 in the 2nd round of that playoffs, when big money wanted to get in on the fun and bought up all the tickets from the people who actually wanted to be there and yell and cheer.
The point of the above is we will be like that soon, especially if this team continues on the path its on. The great atmosphere will be there, sure. But it wont be like the way it was against Atlanta, or the way it will be today. And we have to enjoy every second of today's game. The generations after us wont be able to see the Texans go from the expansion draft to the playoffs. Because of that, and that alone, I hope youre as proud as I am to be a Texan.
And I hope we beat the Bengals and we can do this again next week.