Sunday's loss to the San Diego Chargers was horrific. That much we can all agree on. But amidst the negativity plastered all over the internet during this dreary week after from fans and media alike, I feel the need to write from a different perspective.
My family (and now myself) have been season ticket holders since day 1. I'm now 26, and part of a large group of friends around the same age that sit (mostly) in section 245 at Everbank Field every Sunday. As was mentioned on the site a few days ago, our entire section (plus another 50 or so Jaguar fans now living in Southern California) flew out to the game to support our team and reunite for what turned out to be one of the most epic football Sunday's any of us have ever experienced.
That's right, it was absolutely amazing. Forget the loss. Forget the interceptions and the scoreboard. In the end, none of that really mattered.
I feel too many people allow the outcome of the game to govern their lives, rather than enjoy the experience of it all. I can hardly read about the team this week because of the anger in everyone's words. Fire Garrard. Fire Del Rio. Fire them all. Yada, Yada, Yada, I've heard it all before. And frankly, I don't agree with any of it. Why is everyone a GM after a hard loss? And why do we allow our teams successes and failures to run our own lives?
Sunday we arrived to Qualcomm at 9AM and tailgated under beautiful sunny skies 150 strong. We were literally a sea of Teal. The Chargers fans were great, and our friends from San Diego were absolutely thrilled we came and tailgated the way we did. The rivalry and trash talking remained friendly the whole time, even amongst our persistent 'DUUUUUVVVALLLLL' and 'WE ARE JAGUARS" chants. Even with the loss our spirits remained unbroken, all of us completely aware that days like this are what being a Jaguar fan is all about, despite the score at the end of the game.
If not for the Jaguars our trip west would have never happened. And for that, we will always thank our team.
See you at Everbank this weekend against the Eagles. Go Jaguars!
Jay 'The Mayor' Dodson and his "I love all Jaguar Fans pre game speech!"
Lastly, some video action form the tailgate!