Some losses hurt more than others. Watching the Green Bay Packers lose to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers yesterday hurt more than any football game I've watched in the past five years. Why? It's simple. Normally I refuse to get my hopes up when it comes to sports.
The San Jose Sharks taught me about heartache. Sure... they've stunk in recent years... but from 1997-98 to 2018-19 they made the playoffs 19 out 21 times. During that run, there were a handful of seasons where I truly felt they'd reach the Stanley Cup Finals... and possibly win it. And that's when I learned that high hopes lead to heartache.
I still get excited when my teams play and I'll always cheer for them no matter if they're playing well or poorly. I just try to avoid getting my hopes up.
Sadly... I didn't try hard enough, because along comes Mr. Rodgers and his MVP numbers, a solid trio of running backs standing behind him, one of the best receivers in the game lining up to catch his throws, and their best defense in years. And just like that... I started thinking there was a chance they could win it all. The result? Heartache.
Oh well. I still love them. Aaron Rodgers is still my favorite Packer. And I will continue to collect his cards even if the Packers don't win another Super Bowl in my lifetime.
Both of these Rodgers were sent to me in a PWE from Elliptical Man and I was pretty excited to see them. Not a lot of people send me football cards... and when they do... he's isn't usually included. And since I don't really open up new product anymore, it's nice to see some newer Rodgers enter the collection.
The key card in the PWE was actually a short print for my 2020 Topps Allen & Ginter set build:
This Billy Williams leaves me needing only fifteen more short prints. I'm pretty surprised how much progress I've made with this portion of the set:
I'm not sure how many people out there are sitting on 2020 A&G... but if you have any available for trade, please let me know. I've got a ton of base, a few SP's, and a stack of inserts.
In addition to those three cards, he also sent me some 49ers (for my students), a trio of MJ's and a trio of Ray Lewis cards for my collection:
Thank you Elliptical Man for the A&G set help and the new additions to my collection. I also appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on my blog posts.
And since I don't write football posts very often, I figured I'd also show off the next mystery pack from the Online Dime Box.
After opening the really nice baseball and non-sports mystery bags... I was starting to get my hopes up. And after seeing these fifteen cards... I was faced with more heartache. Just kidding. These mystery bags are a dollar each and this one delivered about a buck's worth of entertainment.
The two Jeff Bryant cards will get tossed into my Seahawks box. He was a solid defensive end who played his entire career in Seattle. The Gold Zone Natrone Means will go into my box of 90's parallels. The pair of Garcon cards will eventually make their way out to Greg over at The Collective Mind. And the rest will either be taken into my classroom or tossed into one of the boxes sitting in my garage (waiting to be taken to Goodwill or sold on Craigslist).
Well that's it for today. Congratulations Tampa Bay and Kansas City fans! Try not to get your hopes up... because only one of these teams will become the Super Bowl LV Champion.
Happy Monday and sayonara!