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Met a Jaguars fan for the first time

 

October 27, 2019



To put it the way a like-minded friend did, I forking love “The Good Place,” an NBC comedy in its final season about the afterlife, and whether one reaches The Good Place or gets tortured in The Bad Place.

Neighborhood architect Michael is planning a journey with the main characters, and asks what information they want to know before this risky endeavor.

Resident dummy Jason asks, “Did the Jacksonville Jaguars win the Super Bowl last year?”

Michael chuckles, then realizes Jason is serious.

“Uh, no. Will they ever win the Super Bowl? Jason, I can’t predict the future. But no.”

This is not a column ripping apart the Jacksonville Jaguars. A “your team is terrible, and here’s why” column could probably be written about every team not named the New England Patriots right now:

• Every Los Angeles Chargers game ends with quarterback Phillip Rivers on his own 7 yard line, down a touchdown with a minute to play and no time-outs.

• The Miami Dolphins have had more starting quarterbacks in their last 15 seasons than they score in an average game.

• My San Francisco 49ers haven’t won a Super Bowl since I was in high school.

• The Tennessee Titans mascot comes from a Latin word that translates to “8-8 record.”

Nope, no shaming the Jaguars or their fine fans that I know.

Back in 2013 I was in a back-and-forth with a Dallas Cowboys fan when his team and my team were heated rivals. I posted on social media a scribe about three teams:

“Team A is 138-143 since 1997 with two division crowns and no conference title game appearances. Team B is 131-136 since 1997 with two division crowns and no conference title game appearances. Team C is 137-142 since 1997 with three division crowns and no conference title game appearances.

“So how are these teams different? Fans of the Dallas Cowboys (C) expect a Super Bowl every year, and fans of the Miami Dolphins (A) and Jacksonville Jaguars (B) don't.”

A friend with no dog in the fight texted me, “I don’t know if that’s accurate or not. I know Cowboys fans have those expectations, but I can’t speak for Jaguars fans because I’ve never met one.”

He sent a clarifying text that he wasn’t trying to be funny. He’d seriously never met a Jaguars fan. Then I pondered and realized I had the same condition.

It was strange, but plausible. I presume most people inside Florida but outside Jacksonville stayed Dolphins fans when the Jags began play in 1995, and the team hasn’t had the kind of sustained playoff success that builds bandwagons like the 49ers did in the 80s, the Cowboys did in the 90s and the New England Patriots are doing now.

Nothing changed for six years, until this week between gym workouts. Walking by was a man I’d never seen before, in a Jaguars T-shirt. I went up to this man, who was very confused I wanted to know his name.

I told him I’d never met a Jags fan. He offered the fist bump, and I let him down by noting I didn’t mean I’d failed to find local Jaguars fans. I meant he was Exhibit A for me.

“We’re out there,” he said with a laugh, and I wished him a good workout before texting my friend about my latest discovery. He’s heading to Florida this week, so maybe he’ll discover one as well.

Oh, there’s one more discovery. The Chargers moved to Los Angeles two years ago. Just seeing if you remembered.

Kevin Wilson is editor of the Eastern New Mexico News. He can be reached at 575-763-3431, ext. 320, or by email:

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