I thought we were done with football this year, but apparently not 🙂
Actually, this Superbowl is somewhat problematic for me. I grew up in Albany, NY, which has absolutely no professional sports teams at all. So I never really understood the whole “fandom” thing. Yeah, there were the Jets and the Giants, and the Mets and Yankees, but they were all over a hundred miles away, so weren’t particularly relevant to me.
Then I got to Pittsburgh, in the fall of 1980. The Steelers had just won four Superbowls in a row, and the town was hot with the “One for the Thumb in ’81” slogan. I had never seen such a sports induced furvor, it was quite amazing to me. Slowly, I began to become a fan of the Steelers (even though they didn’t do particularly well in the early 80’s).
Then I moved to Seattle, with the Sonics, Seahawks and Mariners. Ok the Mariners were a joke, but the Seahawks were doing pretty darned well under Chuck Knox, and the Sonics were decent teams.
Over time, I began to learn to love the Mariners, and the Seahawks sucked more and more (the Nordstrom family sold the team to a guy from California, who didn’t really want to own the team, so…).
Fast Forward to 2006, and look what’s happening: It’s the Seahawks and the Steelers.
Well, at least I finally will be watching a Superbowl for something other than the ads :).
Go <Insert Team Here>!!!!!!!