For most of the season, I thought I would be undone by the interminable suspense during the playoff period. However, I'm rather relishing this time before the Vikes' first playoff game. The reason is simple: as long as the Vikes are still alive in the playoffs, there's hope. If they lose, there's despair. Right now I can live with hope.
But I do know that Sunday morning will be a long, suspenseful period, and that I will be experiencing intense physical anxiety during the entire game (the best way I can describe the feeling I get during close Viking games: my stomach turns into a vacuum, and my heart is fluttering around as if ready to fall into that vacuum). I expect it to be dreadful during this year's playoff games.
Viking fans: how are your nerves doing?