Jets fans, you have my condolences.
Now that your former blockbuster cornerback Darrelle Revis plans to collect state income tax-free checks from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, your football team is officially in purgatory. It's an experience sports experts lovingly call "rebuilding" when there's a shortage of ways to discuss new angles of losing.
As a sports enthusiast living in Orlando, a city far more devastated by a far higher profile trade of "he who shall not be named," I can only offer you my deepest sympathies.
But let's be honest New York. You've got plenty of sporting options to peruse as Mark Sanchez plots new ways to avoid butt fumbles. Florida needed Revis much more than you.
For a state that prides itself on football talent, the biggest pro football headliner in the state for the past three years has been Tim Tebow. No joking. Remember when the Miami Dolphins rolled out the red carpet for a Florida Gators celebration in Miami coinciding with Tebow's former Denver Broncos team coming to town two years ago?
That might have registered as one of the lower points in recent Florida NFL history. Except, the only lower point has been the actual performances of the Bucs, Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars.
We've seen zero NFL teams advance to the playoffs for the past four seasons from the state of Dan Marino and Jon Gruden. Speaking of Gruden, the Bucs haven't seen any remarkable success since winning the Super Bowl in 2002. They've failed to make a playoff run for the past five seasons and the last Bucs player of note, Warren Sapp, has been retired long enough to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
And there's no need to delve into the details of the many dreadful Florida NFL performances and records we've witnessed. The only cheering you see for the NFL here is at Disney's Magic Kingdom when the Super Bowl MVP rides in town for his parade.
You want to know why college football has been king in Florida for so long? Because professional football has been under some kind of self imposed retirement.
Hopefully, Revis can breathe new life again into these old pro football bones.
The Bucs organization deserves a round of applause for pulling off a virtually no-risk trade for Revis. Sure, the terms spell out an estimated $96 million payout over the next six years, but the biggest caveat to this contract is that none of this money is guaranteed.
Revis is still working toward a full rehabilitation from an ACL surgery and he's probably working toward some anger management for his former Jets team as well.
Somehow, someway, the Bucs snagged a 27-year-old former AFC Defensive player of the year primed and ready for a comeback all for the bargain cost of a No. 13 NFL draft pick and conditional pick during what's expected to be a mediocre draft year anyway.
Some are calling this a risky, albeit smart, move for Tampa. I'm struggling to find the risk here and no one should be losing any sleep over an unproven No. 13 pick for a proven shut down corner who has been compared to stratosphere of Deion Sanders.
If anyone is under pressure here, it is certainly Revis who must play well past his injury with a no-guaranteed money contract. Bucs general manager Mark Dominik can rest comfortably in a skybox during Week 1 as the Bucs travel to New York to take on the Jets on a job well executed.
The Bucs are the clear winners here. Tampa got Revis for a steal. Bucs coach Greg Schiano, a former defensive backs coach himself, got a fancy new weapon and NFL fans in Florida finally got a real sports star to follow instead of our imaginary friend Tebow, who doesn't actually play football in Florida anymore. That in itself is enough to be grateful for.
Revis' arrival doesn't guarantee Tampa instant Super Bowl success. But it does guarantee the state's departure from NFL purgatory, a victory indeed.