Yeah, you could say it?s been ?pretty exciting? seeing as I literally clapped bruises into my palms and thighs and lost my voice about three times in the last month; my girlfriend begs me to watch Niners? games at home because I embarrass her when I watch at sports bars?balladbird said:This must have been a pretty exciting season for you, though! From second pick in the draft to a team that would have been the toast of the league if the Ravens didn't go super-saiyan... was a pretty big shift. I spent most of my life in Missouri, thus, most of my life was spent being a fan of the Rams and Chiefs... then the Rams ownership did... *that*... and I now hate the Rams, but y'know how it goes.
Moving to Washington last year, I was kinda blown away by how intensely the football culture is integrated into society around here. I live a couple hours out of Seattle, so perhaps that's why, but man... People love their team around here.
I?m a native Ohioan living in Texas since 2010; you don?t? have to tell me about football culture integrated into local society. You can throw a rock in any direction, and it?ll land on a blue Lone Star or an orange Longhorn silhouette. But it?s been easy resisting developing any sort of affection for the local teams because the fans are so damn arrogant when they?re winning and whiney when they?re losing. Then the owner Jerry Jones is the quintessential insufferable Texas magnate, cocky, self-sure, can?t wait to be seen and throw money around, ugh? I don?t need the ?80s 49ers-Cowboys rivalry to hate the Cowboys. I love that they went 8-8 AGAIN despite all that raw talent they have. Jones finally fired Jason Garrett, but I suspect this has been a case of the disease firing the symptom.
My second team would be the Saints. I visited New Orleans for the first time 6 years ago, and I fell in love with the city: the food, the music, the people, the booze; it?s all just one big, friendly party! And like here in Dallas with the Lone Star, you see the Saints? Fleur De Lis everywhere, and the people love their team. Add to that the refuge that was the Super Dome after Hurricane Katrina and recalling the Saints? emotional return to the stadium afterwards and how much joy it brought so many people who had nothing, wow. The city embraced me; the least I can do is cheer for their team? when they?re not playing the Niners.
Insofar as the Niners in the playoffs, I?m conflicted. It?s like road rage: yeah, it?d be cathartic to drag a shit driver out of their vehicle and beat them within an inch of their life, but the potential ramifications just aren?t worth it. I want to play the Seahawks again, beat up on them some more and silence any doubts that we can own the NFC West again, but it?s Russell ?Clutch? Wilson and the big games are where he and his squadron of pigeons have hurt us the most, and I?m not stupid. Yeah, I want the Packers to do the dirty work for us.balladbird said:If it's any consolation, the Hawks are basically just waiting for a time to get knocked out. They're an injured team held together by tape and glue. They're in the perfect bracket to make it a lot further than they should (The Eagles had no business being in the playoffs this year, sadly, and the Packers are very fragile in spite of their record), but I just can't see them making it beyond the NFCCG.Cheat Carroll managed to make it to round 2 of the playoffs. That was the only negative thing for Wild Card Week in the playoffs, IMO. It's quite surreal to be making it to week 2 of the post-season and have both the Saints and Patriots out of the running. Niners fan, by the way, so that first round bye? Yeah, that was nice.
Now, just need Green Bay to knock out Seachickens next week, and all will be well.