It just hit me.
Unless I somehow step in a whole pile of crazy and decide to go to Stadium of Fire 2009, I won't be walking the hallowed concourses of LaVell Edwards Stadium again until next football season.
I didn't even realize it when I was watching BYU fly all over San Diego State, but I'm coping with it now and I can see I'm going through the classic stages of grief.
Shock and Denial: "Are you kidding me? There's no way football season is almost over."
Pain and Guilt: "Why didn't I tailgate more? Why didn't I offend more of my fellow fans? Why won't the hurting stop?"
Anger and Bargaining: "It doesn't have to end... Anyone want to road trip to the Air Force game?"
Depression, reflection, lonliness: "Football season ended so fast. What am I going to do now? I can't bear another offseason."
The upward turn: "Then again, I've had a lot of fun this year. Remember that time Russ ate a whole fist full of ketchup at that tailgate?"
Reconstruction: "Basketball season is coming up..."
Acceptance and hope: "Another great year at LES. A record-breaking home winning streak, beautiful weather for every home game, great friends... I can't wait till next year."
Thanks for another stellar home season, LaVell Edwards Stadium. 2008 brought with it the third-straight undefeated season at home, and broke the record of consecutive home wins.
Hopefully the LES magic will continue through 2009 and beyond.