It is January 17, 2020 and your Tennessee Titans are playing the Kansas City Chiefs for a chance to advance to the Super Bowl. That is a real thing. It’s not some drug-induced dream. It’s not a pleasant fiction, crafted to inspire and cheer. This is very real and it is very, very awesome.
If you are new to the Tennessee Titans’ bandwagon, welcome. We are happy to have you. It has been a long road for those of us who have been around since the beginning. We have suffered so many bitter losses while supporting this team. We’ve had some good times as well, but those have been rare until the past few seasons.
This team has done the impossible. At least what most experts and prognosticators thought to be impossible. They have knocked off the defending Super Bowl Champs, the New England Patriots, on their home turf. After that, they visited the number one offense and best record in the league, the Baltimore Ravens, and punched them in the mouth and walked away with a trip to the AFC Championship game in Kansas City. The Titans have done the impossible and that makes them mighty.
It’s okay to be excited. It’s even okay to be a little overwhelmed. This team wasn’t supposed to do this. You don’t go 2-4, bench your long-time starting QB, sneak into the playoffs, and then beat the best the NFL has to offer. That is not a thing that happens. Yet, it has happened. The Tennessee Titans, with their mythological beast of destruction, Derrick Henry, and their dangerous and violent defense, are crushing souls and breaking wills. They are leaving complete devastation in their wake. For Titans fans, it is unfathomably beautiful stuff.
All along the way, there have been doubters. Even now, most people are not giving this team a chance to advance. Personally, I think that is fantastic. Bring on the doubters! This team relishes the dissenting voices. They bathe in the doubts, slights, and lack of respect. It nourishes them. It feeds their drive and bolsters their will to win.
This unexpected run feels right. Enjoy it, Titans’ fans. Savor it. The Tennessee Titans are the best story in the NFL this season. If you cannot appreciate what the team is doing, you are missing something incredibly special. On Sunday afternoon, the Titans walk onto the field at Arrowhead Stadium and I see no reason why this run should end.
Why not us?
Why not now?
Give them nothing.