The season will end at around 4 p.m. Sunday for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
It is a time to laugh and a time to weep.
It means no more Jeff Tedford sightings, and Marcus Arroyo won't have to impersonate an NFL offensive coordinator anymore.
Josh McCown, if he is able to remain erect and walk after a season of being under bombardment, can enter the rehabilitation center for battered quarterbacks.
Mike Glennon, the quarterback of a future so brief it has already become part of the past, will probably move to another team, where his brother can torment that coach for not playing him.
We learned much from the Bucs this season, like the value of having the 12th man.
He was on the field and robbed Tampa Bay of a potential victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. But now we know it was fate, because if the Bucs had won that game the chances of getting the first pick in the NFL Draft would be slimmer.
There will be things to miss from this season, such as Garrett Gilkey. Watching the 21st-century version of a Keystone Cop play football helped us laugh to stop us from choking on our tears.
It's the time of year when Bucs fans can buckle up and get on the roller coaster ride that will last until Roger Goodell begins his next grab-bag party at the 2015 draft.
There are things to feel
grateful about. Bucs fans will see New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees and not fear him for the first time because a loss is what every knowledgeable Red and Pewter supporter wants.
If the Bucs lose or Tennessee wins on this day, the Bucs will have the first pick in the draft. At worse, they will select second.
That's a reason for celebration until they realize their future is in the hands of Bucs head coach Lovie Smith and GM Jason Licht.
This duo threw the Bucs' money around as if they were bowling for dollars with blinders on before this dreadful 2-13 season began.
They are the latest reason the franchise has been in turmoil the past seven years.
The Bucs haven't been to the playoffs since 2007 and haven't won a playoff game since their Super Bowl season in 2002.
Lovie and Jason were supposed to change that, but somehow things got worse.
Jiminy Christmas, Greg Schiano, the reported descendant of Genghis Khan, was 7-9 in his first season.
We have just this season to judge this Smith-Licht duo, and both deserve a D for their offseason acquisitions. It might have been an F if not for top draft pick Mike Evans with a little help from kicker Patrick Murray.
The duo whiffed badly on free-agent acquisitions in offensive tackle Anthony Collins and defensive end Michael Johnson and got little out of their other draft choices, though you could give them a pass on tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and running back Charles Sims because of injuries.
The free-agent acquisitions are disturbing. You have more freedom in selecting players than in the draft, and guys like Collins and Johnson had a history showing that they did not deserve top dollar.
The Bucs wasted money on center Evan Dietrich-Smith, and tight end Brandon Myers went into the witness-protection program upon his arrival in Tampa. The offensive line has become an Island of Misfit Toys, though it makes for good comedy.
The Bucs acquired past-his-prime offensive guard Logan Mankins in a stop-gap measure, and Gilkey has become the team's Rodney Dangerfield. He joined acquisitions Oneil Cousins and Patrick Omameh to play for George Warhop, who in 13 of his 17 seasons as an offensive line coach worked for teams that finished among the lower third in offensive production.
He was not the Bucs' first choice to run the offensive line and finding a replacement for him would be good a good place to start the rebuilding.
The acquisition of cornerback Alterraun Verner was one of their better moves and he has been mediocre with flashes of promise. Giving $5 million to Josh McCown to quarterback the team was like allowing your first born to drive your new car with his learner's permit.
In defense of McCown, he took the brunt of the punishment for a Bucs offensive line that allowed 49 sacks and a league-leading 118 quarterback hits this season.
If you are looking for someone to shoulder the blame, Tedford would be a good start. After installing the Bucs mystery offense, the coordinator had health issues and disappeared. We felt sympathy for him until recently, when it was announced he would be the coach of the CFL's B.C. Lions.
Now it's up to Lovie and Jason to fix all this. If you feel comfortable about it, stand up and raise your hands.
Oh, that's what we thought.
Alan Dell, Herald sports writer, can be reached at 941-745-7056. Follow him on Twitter @ADellSports.