I'll admit it. I was really nervous this week that the Jaguars wouldn't be able to avoid the blackout this week against the Raiders. Very nervous. As Vic Ketchman stated this year over on Jaguars.com, this is the "save the whale" season for the Jaguarsl, and if we hadn't sold out this game, what would it say about the state of the team? I'm sure every Jaguars fan knows what the commentary would've been had the game still been blacked out. "Jacksonville is a sad and sorry place for an NFL team and I feel bad for this franchise." "The team doesn't even have enough fans when they're playing playoff football to get their games on TV." and so on and so forth. I couldn't be happier that this game will be on TV. It really takes a load off of my mind.
Beating the blackout is a huge burden lifted off the Jaguars' collective backs, and I want to thank all the fans because when it mattered the most, people stepped up and bought tickets. What easily could have been a meaningless game against the Raiders on Sunday now has a lot of meaning. It's Jacksonville's chance to show the world that not only does this team deserve to be in the playoffs, but they deserve to be respected as a staple of the city of Jacksonville and a franchise worthy of respect.
What happens on the field will be important on Sunday, but what happens in the stands will be every bit as important. Now, let's see if we can sell this game out in the next few days. What's it gonna be, Jacksonville? Will you be there, or will you be on your couch?