There are statistics and then there are facts. Statistics can tell a story and give you a broad overview of the state of your fan-ness.
Facts are cold and hard. They tell the truth. They knock us down into a puddle and run away with the towels. They tell us that optimism is stupid and unnecessary because in the end, the facts are indisputable.
As Redskins fans, we know what that means. It means that nearly every team in the NFC has at least come close to the Super Bowl except for the good ol' burgundy and gold.
And it crushes us.
Expecting the Redskins to come close to a Super Bowl is like hoping for 50 Cent to be good again - it's not going to happen, and all the competitors you hate are going to laugh in your face about it because they're all better than you.
The worst part about it is this: every season, there are at least five or six teams who are vastly improved from the previous season, such as the Lions of this year, the Chiefs of last year, or the Cardinals of the year before that.
But the Redskins never have that one season that inspires confidence. Even during the 10-6 season in 2005, the 'Skins were 5-6 and without hope before reeling off five straight wins. The Redskins just don't seem to improve.
We see Giants fans turn snobby and obnoxious (or stay that way, anyway), we see Buccaneers fans thinking "We used Brad Johnson to win the Super Bowl," and we see Steelers fans adding to arguably the richest history in all of football.
And we long to experience that feeling. We haven't felt it in decades. For me, I've never experienced it, period.
Someday, maybe I will.
But it's probably more likely that 50 Cent will be popular again.