It’s the offseason. Everyone is 0-0. In theory, anyone can play in the next Super Bowl.
And the NFL wants every fan of every team to think their team can pull it off.
Unwittingly helping the effort to persuade all fans that this year could be the year are players who get caught up in the glass-half-full phenomenon. Even guys like Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali, whose team won a measly two games in 2012, can sell the idea that a Super Bowl appearance isn’t out of the question.
Via ArrowheadAddict.com, Hali gushed on Twitter about teammate Justin Houston, calling him a “monster,” adding that “the excitement builds up every day we work as a unit,” and finishing with this rallying cry: “MetLife Stadium gets closer each day.”
Yes it does. And seats and suites and jerseys and hats and everything else is available to be purchased by any Chiefs fan who gets swept up in the excitement.
That said, there’s nothing wrong with hope. As we’ve learned in recent years, any team that gets a seat at the playoff table can run the table and win the trophy. Whether it’s emerging as the best of four teams in the division or being among the best two of the other 12 in the conference, a postseason appearance can happen even for the worst teams from the prior season.
Last year, three of the six worst teams from 2011 got to the playoffs. The Chiefs, with six Pro Bowlers, a new quarterback in Alex Smith, and a new coach in Andy Reid, will be a trendy pick to turn it around.
So get excited, Chiefs fans and fans of every other team. It can happen for your team this year, or any year.