To be a fan is to always be looking ahead. We are always thinking about what the future holds for our team. We examine every roster move, analyzing the potential, the player they're replacing, the cap consequences, etc. We do all of this because we love our team and are looking towards the ultimate goal, a championship. Since this is a football blog, the ultimate goal is a Super Bowl (or Superb Owl).
Being a fan of Seattle Sports, I don't have much experience of what to do once our team finally reaches that goal (Seattle Storm excepted), but I'm guessing after a few months, I'll be looking forward to when we get to celebrate the next one. Oh of course I'll still look back on it fondly through the years, but it won't have the same impact. I still get a big grin on my face and goose bumps on my arms when I see the Beastquake, but I'll never fully relive that moment of jumping up and down in a room full of my closest friends. Like I said, we're always looking forward.
These past few months, we've been tossing around terms like Championship Offseason and Perfect Season, mostly with a wink but there is a bit of seriousness hidden in our voice, or typed words in this case. The Seattle Seahawks have never had an offseason quite like this one. In the mid 2000's, there was a lot of promise and optimism, but there wasn't a season where we firmly believed our Hawks were the best team in the league. I'm not sure about the 80's since I wasn't old enough to watch football then but I would wager a guess that there was not nearly the excitement that we are feeling now. We as fans have witnessed a team built in 3 years that has the look of a possible dynasty. The hopes and expectations have ceased to be "maybe we can finally see a Super Bowl win," and have morphed into, "of course we're going to win, the question is how many?"
The problem with expectations and always looking ahead is sometimes we forget to stop and enjoy the journey. Unfortunately, there's no means of being able to stay in the moment once the moment is gone, not yet anyways. The best we can do is to make a concerted effort to bask in the moment as it occurs. I intend to bask in every moment of this season as it occurs, regardless of the final outcome.
This version of the Seahawks might possibly be the one I first go to when I'm telling tales of Hawks history to my children and grandchildren. This Seahawks team does not have one player I dislike or feel is a waste of a roster space. The only problem is this version will only be here for this year. Michael Robinson and Sidney Rice will probably be gone. Golden Tate may go, as may Brandon Browner. Red Bryant, Chris Clemons, Zach Miller, and even Jon Ryan may not be a Seahawk a year from now. This is the sad part of being a fan; you can't keep everybody, unless you're the New York Yankees. These players are here this year though, that is a fact. They're here with Russell Wilson leading them. Marshawn Lynch is here, along with Doug Baldwin, Russell Okung, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman, Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, and the rest of them (Percy Harvin will be delayed). I'd list every player but that would get tedious and I've already been a bit verbose.
The point is that this season we should take in every touchdown, every pick, and every win. This season could be perfection or disaster but I will enjoy every minute of it because I won't get the chance again. To be a fan is to always be looking ahead, but for the next six months, the future is now.