So long, farewell, Patriots. I find myself pondering the transience of NFL success and failure these days. It was stunning to me in the moments after the NFC Championship that a fantastic season - 2009 - ended in just seconds with an ill-advised interception, and there was nothing to show for all that good vibe of the year. I imagine the Patriots are feeling the same way - 14-2, and one and done. In just seconds, all that emotional investment of many months is valueless.
But here's the other side of the coin: the wretchedness of the 2010 year for the Vikings is also now gone forever for me. Even the feelings of disbelief are fading (admittedly helped by the better showing of the last six weeks). Win or lose, by February it's hard to remember why I got so worked up about it all.
So here's the question: why do we care so much during the season when the feelings dissipate so quickly? I can't even remember who won the Super Bowl three years ago without looking it up. All of which is to say, looking at the poll "How do you feel about the Vikings" on the Daily Norseman home page: I feel pretty good. It's 0-0 again, except for the four remaining clubs, and they'll soon be in fading-memory mode. Would be nice to know who our QB will be, though. Still, I'm back to hopefulness again, like someone with short-term memory loss.
Now if I can just remember this feeling during the season. Not terribly likely.