Being a displaced Lions fan and a University of Miami alumnus, I've had a rough go these last two weeks. The Lions, we all know, have taken two good opponents down to the wire in nail biting fashion, coming out with a thrilling victory on a last second touchdown drive and an agonizing defeat thanks, in part, to a failed attempt at a last second touchdown drive.
Both of those Sunday afternoon games have followed nail biting thrillers on Saturday afternoons for me where the Hurricanes squeaked out victories against bad opponents on last second touchdown drives. The Hurricanes were lucky enough to come out of those games remaining undefeated in a class of football that requires teams to go undefeated in order to play in any kind of meaningful postseason game.
I'm especially thankful, therefore, that the Lions have graced me with a bye week that just so happens to fall on the same weekend as the biggest matchup of the season for the #7 ranked Hurricanes. I'll be traveling across this great state of Florida to Tallahassee to root my Canes on in person against the indestructible force that is the #3 ranked Florida State Seminoles.
Win or lose, I'll be happy that my Sunday will be stress free as I travel back home to prepare for the next weekend's trip. One that features a huge divisional matchup Saturday for the Canes in Miami, on homecoming, against Virginia Tech (a game that will likely decide who plays Florida State for the ACC Championship) followed by another divisional matchup on Sunday that promises to be a nail biter as well between the Lions and the Bears in Chicago.
I need a drink just thinking about it.
So thank you NFL schedule makers, for giving me this Sunday to take a mental break from the anguish and thrill that these 4 consecutive weekends of football have and will put me through.
I'll be accepting your thoughts, well wishes, and condolences in the comments below. Pray for me. I don't think my heart can take it.