3 days, 5 glasses of wine, 2 vodka cranberries, and 1 hour of church after the Saints’ crushing overtime loss against the Bears, the Chicks have started to accept the fact that our season is over. Without going into graphic detail, let’s just say “acceptance” feels a little something like this:
The Saints are out of the playoff hunt, the Falcons are on a roll, and my fantasy team is pretty much crashing and burning as I type. I’m so annoyed with football right now, I actually allowed myself to watch that dreadful Katie Holmes movie “The First Daughter” during the Steelers Ravens game. 30 minutes in, I realized the only person I was punishing was me.
I can wallow in negativity about this for months, but I won’t. That formula hasn’t boded well for me in the past. So instead, I’ll focus on the “positives” of ending a season 8-8 at best. Think of it as a trip to optimism-ville. Join me, won’t you…
1. We now know just how badly our defense needs help. No, seriously.
2. Ed Reed will be a free agent after this season.
3. We now know we have to/can establish the run.
4. The economy will have bounced back next year, just in time for me to afford a trip to Miami to watch my Saints in the Super Bowl.
5. I’d much rather go to a Super Bowl in Miami than stupid Tampa Bay. I spit on Tampa Bay.
6. If the Saints resign Jonathan Vilma, they won’t get a first round pick. And thanks to the Shockey trade, they lose their second and fifth picks too. On a positive front…um…I got nothing.
7. Whoever ends up last in the NFC South typically has a stellar year the next season. Go 2009 Saints! Whoo hoo!!!
8. Hmm…(tapping keyboard) Um…If the Saints win the Super Bowl in 2009, they’ll be more inclined to extend their contract with the state past 2010 cuz they know ticket sales will be insane. Sounds likely, right?
9. Our players have a whole 8 months to get healthy! Yaaaay!
10. There’s a good chance that in 2009, Chicago won’t appear anywhere on our schedule.
See, it’s not that bad. Now, if you’ll excuse me.