Monday, January 14, 2013

Maybe next year...Again

I used to think that our city was cursed when it came to professional sports. From  the Houston Oilers and the 1980s "Luv ya Blue" days, to the Houston Astros devastating loss in the 1986 playoffs.  It wasn't until the Houston Rockets finally brought a championship to our town in 1993-1994 and  again in 1994-1995, that a glimmer of hope began to set over my skeptical heart.  Then finally, in 2004, a miracle happened.  The Houston Astros clinched the division and advanced to the Fall Classic: The World Series, for the first time in it's 44 year history.  The entire city was ecstatic.  My father, who began a family tradition by taking me and my sister and my brothers to the Astrodome before we could even walk, cried the night they clinched.  He had been waiting and waiting and waiting, along with the rest of us and finally, his dream came true in 2004.  Optimism had returned to Houston.  And so, it is particularly difficult to write about the Texans' Cinderella season, and how it felt to watch it evaporate before our very eyes on Sunday afternoon.  At half-time our boys had gained momentum and were within 4 points of tying the Patriots.  Four. points.  Everyone watching with me was high-fiving and and laughing and couldn't wait for the third quarter to begin.  Oh how quickly the tables turned.  Final outcome was Houston 28 - New England 41.  The end.

As an avid sports fan, I believe that the Texans will indeed, come back next season and try harder to get over that first round play-offs "hump" that we seem to have gotten stuck on.  Not gonna lie, this loss stung.  It took the air out of the entire city, it seems.  Everyone was playing the "expert" on tv, on the radio, in print and in cyberspace.  All of sudden everyone had solutions and thrust blame on one or the other.  It got kind of ugly.  But today is another day.  Sure, we're disappointed and frustrated.  But it was an amazing season, no doubt about that.  And no one can ever take that away from us.  I just wish the outcome had been different.  Don't we all?

Oh well, in what has become this city's mantra: "Maybe next year".

The upside? Astros opening day is March 31st! See? Silver linings everywhere!

Happy Monday kids.

6 comments:

David Batista said...

That was a great game in the making ... on paper. But on the field, the Texans looked like they were not yet ready for prime time when up against the Pats. What a devastating blow, and I'm sorry for your loss Yvonne. Next year they will be a wiser, more seasoned team able to handle the pressure of a playoff berth I believe. Until then ...

And opening day for the Astros is March 31st? Same night the new season of Game of Thrones airs! Double excitement for you that day, huh? LOL! :)

Belle said...

I've heard that the Cubs of Chicago have a hard time too. The victory will be all the greater when they finally make it. Remember the Red Sox? They finally won. Good luck this year.

Yvonne said...

David- bahahaha! Why yes, yes I am anxiously awaiting the return of GOT! Yeah right. ;)

On the Texans, it was a great, great season for sure. They lost their way in December and just never came back. But I am hopeful and can't wait for next season.

Belle- Thank you mam! :)

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Sorry, Yvonne. My team (the Packers) lost too. Maybe next year...

xoRobyn

'Yellow Rose' Jasmine said...

Could be worse... check out the sports teams records here in Seattle. Nothing really good since 1979 Sonics and we don't even have that team anymore. They moved to Oklahoma.
Boy do we know what it's like to get close and no cigar. It's gotten so bad that we DON'T say maybe next year...
And I so wanted to root for the Texans in the Super Bowl too!

Yvonne said...

YRJ-hahaha, "...so bad we DON'T say maybe next year..." that's funny! Girl! I wanted that Superbowl with the Texans baaaad! Oh well, next year. ;)