It’s a desolate feeling that one might think will never get better.
But as we have all found, it does … and has. The perceived worst teams in the league right now are the Cleveland Browns and/or Oakland Raiders. Remember what it was like being a Packers fan back in the 1970s and 80s and you might understand what the fans of those two franchises are experiencing.
I dislike power rankings at any time of year, but when they come during the off-season, I am especially skeptical. But the most recent rankings have posted the Raiders and Browns as the preseason favorites to vie for the worst records in the NFL.
When you consider the somewhat amusing, yet sad case of Scott Entsminger, a Browns fan who recently died, one understands the depths in which fans fall when their team is a perennial loser.
Entsminger at least had a sense of humor.
As his last wish, he hoped that he could get Browns players to be his pall bearers so the Browns could “let him down one more time.”
Yes, it’s funny. But Entsminger’s message goes well beyond the grave … it should be felt by every fan in the NFL because your team could very well be the Browns or Raiders. All it takes is a couple of key injuries at just the right time and a team can implode. In the NFL, we know it can be quick.
While 49ers fans, Packers fans, Ravens fans, Patriots fans, Broncos fans are all looking down on the rest of the league as we head toward training camp, it could be flipped in a season.
So, Packers fans, let’s remember those 1970s and 80s. We’ve been spoiled with success and many of the younger fans have known nothing but winning with a couple of bumps along the way the past two decades.
For us older fans, we know what 4-12, 6-10 and 8-8 feel like. We know what it’s like to endure the jokes.
As we head into 2013, we hope for competitive teams across the league. While we want to win the Super Bowl every year, we know it won’t occur. Wouldn’t it be great for a team, like the Browns, who have never been to a Super Bowl, to have that chance?
Looking up is difficult, but the climb back to number one is made that much more sweeter.
Here’s to this year’s underdogs. May the schedule be kind, may you get the bounce of the football for once and may you have the chance to meet the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl.