Here at JBB we pride ourselves on always looking forward. Sure, there is a time and place to reflect on the past. It’s called death. In life, you’re either moving forward or you’re standing still. Feel me?
Way back when, during a time we once referred to as the “NFL Lockout”, our friends over at Side Lion Report reached out to do a little Q&A about the December 18th Raiders-Lions clash. I made a not-so-bold claim stating that the contest would feature playoff implications.
Well…wouldn’t you know it…
Here we are, with two teams squaring off. At stake? You guessed it. A chance to be playing in the New Year.
Wait a minute…Am I failing to follow my own mantra? I’m looking backwards.
Hey, I’m not Tim Tebow. I don’t walk on water. I do make mistakes from time to time.
I guess more than anything else I’m just proud. Proud that we’re this late in the season and all that hope has been given real life.
Now, I’m not exactly thrilled with the way the Silver and Black have slid recently. Those memories are ones I’d hope to never remember. That being said I’m reminded of a phrase once used to describe Phil Jackson: “For PJ, the destination was the journey.”
This is all part of the process. Rome wasn’t built in a day. David Lean’s entire library can’t be watched in one night. A football season is 16 games long.
Point being, no matter how bad things have been why not just enjoy the fact that right now the Raiders are still in the playoff mix. Enjoy the journey.
Two years ago both the Lions and Raiders were punchlines. On Sunday they’ll be playing one of the more meaningful games either team has competed in for quite some time.
Don’t get caught worrying about the road cause you might miss the best part of the trip. Now, if only the game in the East Bay sells out so my words of Must-See-TV truly come to be. Either way I’ll be watching as will all of Raider Nation. These are the moments we’ve been waiting for. Enjoy them because nothing is promised.