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Colts Vs. Jaguars: The Jaguars will not and should not "tank" in week 17

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NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 24:  Colin Cloherty #83 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 24, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 24: Colin Cloherty #83 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 24, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Suddenly there is some interest being taken in the Jaguars-Colts finale that will be played on Sunday, but not for the reasons that either team had in mind. After terrible seasons for both teams, the result of the game means little more than a higher draft pick for the loser and a lesser one for the winner. The reality that fans need to grasp, though, is that the teams don't care about that.

Neither the players on the Jaguars nor the players on the Colts care which team drafts Andrew Luck or if their team has the 3rd, 6th or 32nd pick in the draft. The livelihood of the players playing in Sunday's game is purely dependent upon their own performance and the performance of the team they are on in the present.

So you better believe when a player like tight end Colin Cloherty lines up at tight end against a guy like linebacker A.J. Edds for the Colts that both players will be giving it their all to make the plays necessary to keep their fragile NFL jobs. Even players like Maurice Jones-Drew and Reggie Wayne will be doing all in their power to ensure they perform to the best of their ability and their team does well because of their impact on the field.

The question whether or not Jaguars fans should be rooting for their team to win or lose is a much more complicated question. Arguing that the fans should hope the team loses has plenty of legitimate reasons with solid logic. Arguing that a fan should root for their team no matter what has little logic and sounds more like a stubborn kid that refuses to hear reason. Yet that's what makes more sense.


As a writer at BCC I am in the position of being as close to media as possible without having to detach myself from the word "fan." I absolutely root for the team to win every week just like I have since I was five years old and they played their first game. Under no scenario will I root for the team playing the Jaguars to win. That's just what being a Jaguars fan is.

In the long-term is it better that the Jaguars lose and secure the 3rd or 4th pick instead of the 6th or 7th pick with a meaningless win? Probably, yes. But I'll still be disappointed that the Jaguars were unable to beat their 2-13 divisional rivals. That's just what it means to be a fan.