I have given up on my NFL team for 2016.
I knew the Los Angeles Rams were incompetent when they gave the Tennessee Titans their first and third round picks for 2017 to draft first this year. I knew it was going to be a rough season when they selected Jared Goff at the spot (who’s the third-string quarterback) over Carson Wentz (who looked poised in his first game with the Philadelphia Eagles while defeating the Cleveland Browns.) I felt like our future would be rough after coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead got extensions for whatever reason (they have to be blackmailing the owner).
Still, how do you lose 28-0 to the San Francisco 49ers, a team starting Blaine Gabbert of all people? The Niners keyed in on Todd Gurley and that was pretty much it for the team and my hopes of seeing the Rams in the playoffs for the first time since 2005. I was a high school junior the last time the Rams played in the postseason. This is beyond painful.
Yet, despite initial thoughts to switch teams until Fisher is fired, I’m sticking with my team. When you’ve supported a franchise since Cash Money Records was taking over for the ‘99 and the 2000, you ultimately stay loyal. I would say it’s like marriage, but I have no idea what that is, so it’s the equivalent of having a fight with your best friend. At times, you have fights but eventually things work out.
I do know I’m not the only one dealing with a sorry franchise, so here are a few ways to get over your sorry squad:
Find other people who support your franchise
Misery loves company. While I don’t know any Rams fans in Kinston, several friends living in other cities and states are suffering as well. True Carolina Panthers fans remember the pre-Cam Newton 1-15 season, and I’ve seen them go from the worst to the best. Granted, it’s been a rough 12 years (and counting) for the Rams, but there’s always a glimmer of hope.
Follow the league as a whole
Sometimes, you need a distraction. Every game has the chance for a historical moment to happen and it can be a little easier to ignore your pathetic team to watch great games and players. Fantasy football is a great way to follow the NFL as well (or another way to get upset). Hey, it’s something.
Quit paying attention
Binge watch programs on Netflix. Spend more time with the family. Take up a hobby. There are thousands of alternatives you can take to stay calm while your team sets football back.
Personally, I’ll be doing the first two because I can’t prevent myself from watching the NFL. If I’ve made it as a Rams fan for 17 years, witnessed The Greatest Show On Turf and seen a Super Bowl title in my lifetime, I can deal with the current ineptitude.
And if not, basketball season is right around the corner.