The Definition of Mixed Feelings: NFL Playoff Edition

In a way I can't lose.  In another -- more accurate -- sense, I can't win.
In a way I can’t lose. In another — more accurate — sense, I can’t win. [Click the image to see the exchange on Twitter]
You’ve probably heard somewhere that there’s a big football game this afternoon between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Houston Texans. I suspect that for most of our readers there isn’t any question as to where the loyalties lie. Parties are undoubtedly well underway all over the Tri-State with people dressed in orange and yelling “Who-Dey?” whenever possible. And that’s how it should be.

It’s a bit more difficult for me. I grew up in Houston. The Oilers were my team when I was a kid and, when they departed for Tennessee, I started following the Texans. I suffered through the dark years (though there weren’t as many of those as there have been for Bengals fans.  That’s not a slam.  That’s just a sad truth).   Anyway, you’d think I’d have it easy today rooting for the Texans over the Bengals.

And you’d be wrong.

It’s been mentioned here in the past that Carla and I are helping out Rivertown Brewing with their online efforts. One of the things that normally means is that I don’t write about anything involving Rivertown, but I’m making an exception today because this is just too funny a situation.

You see, yesterday we were just hanging out minding our own business when St. Arnold Brewing Company (who we’ve written about here and here) started the Twitter exchange you see over there on the right.  The losing brewer sends the winning brewer a case of one of their finest beers.

You see where this is going, right?  Maybe not.  You see, one of the things I hate about not being able to get St. Arnold’s beer up here is not having a crack at their Divine Reserve series.  It’s always something different and it’s always something really, really good. St. Arnold’s only distributes in Texas and part of Louisiana, so this is the best chance I’ve had in a long time to get a bottle — or even just a glass — of a Divine Reserve beer.

All that has to happen is for the Bengals to beat my beloved Texans. Quoth Homer Simpson:  “D’oh!”

What makes the whole thing worse is that the Texans haven’t played well in several weeks.  All Houston teams have a habit of blowing it in the playoffs, and the Texans seem to have adopted that trend long about Week 13 of the season.

I don’t know what’s going to happen in the game.  I can see it going either way.

It’s going to be a very strange game.