I did not grow up in a sports oriented family.
Sure we’d go to the occasional local minor league baseball game (Albuquerque Dukes Forever!) or watch gymnastics during the Olympics, or suffer through football games and rowdy relatives during Thanksgiving dinner (as much as my mother tried to prevent it). But for the most part, I spent my life sports free aside from high school games and of course my Saint Mary’s Gaels.
Then I met Aaron.
His whole life has been sports oriented. He played baseball and water polo, and was on the track team, cross country team, and swim team. His father is from Brooklyn, so New York sports are a big deal. I once suggested that we move to Boston. I was informed that this was not acceptable since the Red Sox fans live there. And don’t mess with the Giants.
So, for the last 4 years, my life has involved a lot more sports games.
Luckily Aaron hasn’t been a complete die-hard when it comes to his teams (we compromise…less sports games I have to watch means less episodes of Real Housewives he has to watch), although there was that one pre-marriage course where the Giants game was streaming on his phone….
So, I figure it is time for me to choose an NFL team to cheer for (please don’t ask me to get into baseball). If I’m having to watch games anyway, might as well get into it a little more. If you can’t beat them, join them. Or something like that. With pre-season starting up, it’s time. In fact, I made it a bucket list item for this year. I also want to be able to speak intelligently about these sweaty men tackling each other.
I know there are a lot of options, some I might not even know about yet. I had never even heard of the Buccaneers before last year. Around these parts most people are either Cowboys or Broncos fans.
I knew that I could NEVER chose the Cowboys (the one opinion my dad has had on football), and Oakland fans scare me as does Oakland, so no Raiders fan here.
I narrowed it down to three options:
1) Denver Broncos: geographically, Denver is pretty close to Albuquerque. I also usually go to one Broncos game a year, so they would be easy to support in person. And while I didn’t get into Tebow madness (he was adorable, but even I could tell that he sucked), I AM IN OBSESSIVE LOVE WITH THE MANNINGS. I don’t know why. Don’t ask me to explain it because I can’t. Peyton is so close, I can taste him. In the most unweird way possible…
2) San Francisco 49ers: This kinda goes back to elementary school when all the boys wore Rice and Young jerseys. I’ve always considered San Francisco a cheer-worthy team. And aside from Albuquerque, the Bay Area is the only other place I’ve had a mailbox, so it’s almost like the home team. (I was actually a bit closer to Oakland, but we already discussed that Raiders are a no-go).
3) NY Giants: ELI ELI ELI! He’s so precious. And they win. I like winners. I’m not too into cheering for non-winners. Also, this is Aaron’s team. On one hand, this means that we won’t want to kill each other on Super Bowl Sunday or play-offs. On the other hand, I don’t want to do anything just because my husband does it. You know, aside from the whole running thing. And gluten free diet. And riding a tandam bike across the Golden Gate Bridge. Hmmm….
AND THE WINNER IS…..
I broke it to Aaron last night over our gluten free burger.
He wasn’t very excited because he doesn’t think I’m loyal enough. He thinks that I’m only cheering for them because they won the Super Bowl, and if Eli ever switched teams, I might switch with him. Apparently, by choosing the Giants, I”m choosing them for better or for worse. For winning seasons and losing seasons. Through adorable quarterbacks and ugly quarterbacks.
That’s a lot of commitment talk.
Maybe I’m not ready….
Who is your team? Can we still be friends?
HAPPY FRIDAY! 30 total miles on the schedule for this weekend. I don’t even want to talk about it!