[Thompson's biographer Douglas] Brinkley writes, "February was always the cruelest month for Hunter S. Thompson. An avid NFL fan, Hunter traditionally embraced the Super Bowl in January as the high- water mark of his year. February, by contrast, was doldrums time."
That puts Thompson in a new light.
The whole text of the note appears at the link, including his final sentence, written before shooting himself in the head: "This won't hurt."