I just have to vent and say that:
I BLOODY HATE THE BLOODY NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME!
Obviously, I love our success in getting to 15 of those things when other franchises (cough, Seahawks, cough) crow that they finally got to their second (OK, and an AFC one). I like even more winning the bloody thing and going on to the SB. But I can't stand the effing tension of the week before, and the game itself is always torture. Even wins are not fun: last year my heartbeat must have gone to 150 at the end. In 1988 I was terrified that the Bears would somehow come back, or that we would collapse in the cold. Even 1989 made me nervous.
Let's face it, they may call it a "championship", but really it's a semifinal. And semifinals are the WORST matches for the fans. Total heartbreakers when you lose them, nobody remembers you being in them, and you can't even semi-console yourself by saying that "well, at least we got to the dance" like when you lose in the final. Bills fans are tortured to be sure, but they are less tortured to Browns fans when they remember the AFCCG losses to the Broncos. Wide Right was cruel, but at least it's better than the Fumble.
Even when you win the bloody thing, you get about 10 seconds of elation and then another two weeks of fretting. I mean, I haven't been able to watch a second of last year's SB, but I can foresee that in perhaps 10-15 years (or February 3 if we win this year
) I MIGHT have a glimpse at it, if only for the "redemption" story. I will never, ever, ever watch the NFCCG losses. 2011 was like a kick in the nuts. 1992 still makes me want to go out and riot when I remember the BS holding call. I don't consider 1990 to be an actual calendar year any more - time for me goes like 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991 for me (and yes, I know that the Disaster happened in calendar year 1991 and not 1990). The 1993 and 1997 capitulations depress me to the point of looking for Prozac.
OK, now I will go into a foetal position until Monday morning.