I was 14 years old, a Freshman in High School the only other time I saw my Cardinals win a Championship. It has been too long and this 2006 team is not the team I thought would capture the next one. Jeff Gentry and I debated this team, complained, thought it should/ would implode and were wrong, along with the rest of the world.
It does not make sense, but I will take it. This, for me, is calm in my storm. It is a bit of light in the dark.
As a fan, this is what sports is about. Sure, it is not real life. But, it stops real life for just a moment. It is an escape. But, unlike alcohol, pornography, drugs, sexual fantasy, etc. it actually brings us together and there is no guilt involved. Fathers and Sons that don't talk can share a moment of happiness.
I wake up the next morning feeling even better, not worse. I am making no sense. But, this is why I am a sports fan and loyally follow the same teams year after year after year, hoping and waiting (I am sure I can come up with some semi-heretical spiritual lesson from this, but it is too early and I have had too little sleep).