The 2013 Titans football season ended on a high note Sunday when it secured a season-ending win over the Houston Texans.
In what has been a very up-and-down year for the boys in blue, it was nice to see them go out with a win.
Yes, it was a win over a team on a 13-game losing streak that secured the No. 1 pick in the draft on Sunday.
I saw some glimpses of the team that started 2013 with a 3-1 record. So color me optimistic for 2014.
Sure, the Titans missed the playoffs. But they didn’t go down without some fight left in them despite all that.
Mike Munchak was not a victim of “Black Monday” like five of his colleagues, which is a bright spot as well. Things are beginning to mesh pretty well and I think a change at the head coach position might disrupt the flow.
I think next year looks bright given some of the talent that will be returning next season. And if we add some smart draft picks to the mix, then just maybe we will see the postseason.
On the college level, I have the privilege of seeing my Vanderbilt Commodores in their second straight bowl game. I’m looking forward to a short drive to Birmingham on Saturday to cheer on the black and gold. If what happens this year is as exciting as my visit to last year’s Music City Bowl, I will be one happy fan.
Another bowl game spent with the family is a great start to the new year. I will enjoy the trip nonetheless, but a Vandy win would make things just that much sweeter.
And to those of you who have either an NFL or a college team left to root for, I hope you enjoy those games as much as I have enjoyed mine.
Happy New Year to everyone, and may 2014 have good things in store.
Kimberly Jordan is The Democrat’s general assignment reporter. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @wilsonnewsroom.