I typically try not to post more than once a week here, mainly because there are thousands of us that patronize this sight, and the last thing I want to do is clog up the fanpost sections with my opinions. Now I know I just posted something a few days ago, but there are some things that are being said around here that are missing the mark I think, and they should be cleared up before the debate goes on much longer.
Now, I don't want to come off as presumptuous enough to speak for a large group of people, so I will address this topic in the first person.
I do not consider myself a "Suck for Luck"er, mainly because I do not root for this team to lose. Ever. However, I do want Andrew Luck on this team next year, and I know the only way for that to happen is for the team to continue losing at a horrifying pace. So I find myself rooting for the team on Sunday, but acknowledging that the piling up of losses is the only way to see the Andrew Luck dream become a reality. So many of you may, in fact, consider me a "Sucker" (Which I do not find offensive, by the way.) So let me set a few things straight:
Suckers are not guaranteeing that Andrew Luck is a future hall of famer
I understand that there are Ryan Leafs in this world. And Jamarcus Russels, and Vernon Gholstons (Tee-hee). I am not saying that Luck is a sure thing. What I am saying is that we desperately need a franchise QB in the worst way, and this kid seems like the best possible option in the draft. And I would rather take a chance on Andrew Luck then spend another fifteen years signing career backups and mid-round reaches. So if Luck were to declare today that he is staying for another year in college, I would still be looking for the best QB in the draft next year, whether it be Landry Jones or whoever. It is not as if I would then root for a second consecutive disastrous season to draft Luck in 2013. It's more about the position and the need, than the actual specific player. (Although I do think this kid is gonna be special.)
Suckers aren't watching games wearing the opponents jerseys
I still watch the games, and I still cheer when the team does well (When is that again?) and pout childishly when the team does poorly. It's really more of a rationalization. Sour grapes, if you will. Walking out of Metlife stadium on Monday, I could only be comforted with the thought that we were one step closer to Luck. That doesn't mean I stood at the Meadowlands high-fiving Jet fans. It just means I can be practical and realize that this team is just not very good, and really hasn't been in a long time. And a new head coach, GM and QB would give this franchise the fresh start it desperately needs.
Suckers are not fair-weather fans
Just the opposite in fact. I am just as devout a fan as ever. A fair weather fan would not be coming to this site anymore. A fair weather fan would throw up his hands, and walk away, only to return whenever it is the franchise is revitalized. I am still here, as engaged as ever. As are all of you. No one here is abdicating their fandom. I am just focusing on what will be the shortest route to competitiveness and respectability.
Suckers do not believe that QB is the only hole the team needs to be filled
I know Luck doesn't make us an immediate Super Bowl contender. I know we have holes at various positions throughout the team. But I refuse to back down from the idea that it all has to start at QB. The Lions "filled holes" for a decade. But it wasn't till they drafted a franchise QB (And kept him healthy) that they became a top team. Year after year they drafted WR's, and LB's and more WR's before they finally used one of their perennial top five picks on a QB, and a couple years later, they are going to be fighting for home field in the NFC. Simply stated: Just get the damn QB!
Now I have seen some people make the argument that people who believe as I do are rooting for the team to lose, whether we want to admit it to ourselves or not. Tunaflipper comes to mind. His argument is that it is impossible to root for the team to win on Sunday, but also want Andrew Luck. The two cannot be reconciled. This is a valid, logical argument. I have only one retort: Who says being a fan has ever had anything to do with logic? I am logical in my career. I try my damndest to be logical with my kids. I try to be logical with my finances (I often fail). I don't want to be a logical fan. Fan is short for fanatic, which has nothing to do with logic. NFL football is the one place in life where logic and reason can be put on hold. I am choosing to do that. And anyone who thinks fans and logic are connected has clearly not spent a second talking to a Jets fan.
We are all aiming for the same target, we just have different ways of expressing it. Because let's be honest, when it comes to rooting for the Miami Dolphins, aren't we all suckers?