Earlier than Sunday’s nail-gnawing house playoff victory, Jaguars tremendous-fan Charlie Setting surveyed a metropolis awash in Jaguar colours, a raucous, full stadium freed from tarps, and pronounced it good — excellent.
“It’s well worth the wait,” he stated. “The followers who’ve been with them yearly and by no means gave up, I do know they’re glad.”
As for these leaping on the Jaguars’ teal-coloured bandwagon, after years of futility?
All aboard, says Setting, who’s a fixture within the north finish zone together with his twelfth-man tank prime and foam Jaguar hat, a well-known sight in advertisements and on the scoreboard.
“Once I’m at work and I see everybody of their Jag gear, and the flags flying on the automobiles — it’s prefer it was,” he stated. “That is fabulous.”
For a group, a fan base and a metropolis which have lengthy been maligned — or ignored — within the nationwide consciousness, getting a house playoff recreation was a supply of delight, of vindication.
And profitable it, even in a low-scoring, grind-it-out, 10-three method?
“I’m feeling mighty effective,” stated season-ticket holder Yvette Williams because the capability crowd hollered over the ultimate whistle.
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“How about these Jaguars? Isn’t the Lord fantastic? … I inform you, it’s electrifying within the stadium. There’s nothing like being within the stands. It feels good to be a Jaguar.”
Followers have been ready 18 years for a house playoff recreation, since Jan. 23, 2000.
That lengthy-in the past day began off promisingly: Every week after thrashing the Miami Dolphins sixty two-7 (“Fish rapped,” stated the headline), the Jaguars confronted division rivals the Tennessee Titans within the AFC championship.
That Jacksonville-Nashville showdown drew predictable barbs, the type the Jags — and their metropolis — have confronted since getting into the leagues: “How did Hooterville, Dogpatch and Bugtussle miss the minimize?” stated a Boston Globe columnist, due to course he would.
All of it received nightmarish, although, when the Jaguars collapsed within the second half, dropping to the Titans for the third time that season — their solely losses of the yr.
Longtime followers nonetheless growl each time they see the smug, chubby cheeks of then-Titans coach Jeff Fisher, who smirkingly claimed that the Jaguars’ stadium was like one other residence area for his group.
Nonetheless, that was a very long time in the past.
So way back that present Jaguars operating again Leonard Fournette was simply 5 years and 5 days previous.
So way back that VHS…