I spent the last week driving across the United States from San Diego, CA to Baltimore, MD and had a lot of conversations with patrons at different establishments along the way that had a funny ending more times than not. One fine gentleman in Tennessee talked about his Titans and said that he always got a kick out of going through the playoff machines and trying to find the possibilities for his team to make the playoffs. He was determined, he said if there's a chance I just want to know what it is. So depending on how the weeks go he updates his wins and losses and finds that slim possibility for a playoff seed.
Luckily, I was on the road driving to Ft. Worth, TX during the Cardinals game last week so I didn't suffer the weekly emotional roller coaster. But I did receive texts from my father-in-law as he told me the score, mentioning that Beanie Wells looked slow but powerful and was able to punch in a pair of touchdowns. I was happy to hear the score, that was until the final text came, "It looks like the Cardinals have stopped trying and Lindley is a turnover machine, safe driving."
Like a band-aid, I realized that the pain was over, I didn't watch the game but knew the results and realized that the Cards skidded one more game. It made me think, there's no chance of playoffs this year. But little did I know, 24 hours later I would be intrigued by a Tennessee resident who would make me look for the possibility.
Each night in the hotel I would mess around with ESPN's 2012 NFL Playoff Machine and see how "realistically" the Cardinals could find there way into the 6th seed. Other than winning out against teams like the Bears, 49ers, and Seahawks they would also have to beat the Jets and the Lions. At one time that all seemed possible, nowadays we celebrate touchdowns from the offense because we don't know how long it will be until we see one again.
But I have found a few ways that the Cardinals could make it, one in particular that seems feasible to a brain that has stared at one too many raccoons on the side of the road, had too many conversations about if Kolb had the current line to protect him, and of course what will happen when Kolb gets back onto the field.
So, I'm ready for the "you're dreaming" conversation. I know it. But here's the perfect scenario.
Just as hopeful as Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber, I can't help but say, "So you're saying there's a chance..."