So remember how I got really into the Superbowl and decided I liked football and was going to start following it? Well the time has come my friends - the time to choose a team and start rooting for them, regardless of the outcome. I did research - really, are you surprised by this - and had my own elimination system.
I will not root for a team who think they're God's gift to football (bye bye Patriots and Cowboys), and I did not want a team that had a "girl-y" mascot (see you later Dolphins). I didn't want what I considered an overrated team (peace out Steelers), and while I have a fondness for the underdog, location was not an issue for me (here's looking at you Redskins). I enjoyed the Giants in the Superbowl but didn't want to be a "bandwagon" fan so they were eliminated as well. (Eli Manning I still think you're adorable).
Having said all that, are you ready to hear my pick? My team? The one I'm going to root for while I'm trying to understand the game of football? Who I'm going to defend and build up even when they play like crap?
The Detroit Lions!
I know...maybe a little...anti-climatic, right? However, I have a special place in my heart for the underdog and I think the whole city of Detroit is kind of an underdog since the recession; there were times when the Lions had "blackouts" where their games weren't televised because there weren't enough tickets purchased! I know they're not the greatest team but I believe in them - and all you naysayers can just eat your words when they make it to the Superbowl. (See how the smack talking is already starting?)
We have spunk, resilience, a new cornerback who wants to prove himself in Detroit, and players who are already working through the pain. Our defense needs a little bit of work, but I have faith. (Oh yeah, I totally just talked football!)
Win or lose this fall should be interesting for a few reasons:
1. I know nothing about the game - during the Superbowl I asked my sister-in-law why the Giants kept kicking it to the other team and when she said "it's first down," I looked at her and asked, "what does that mean?"
2. We don't have cable (we watch everything online) which means I will be at my parents', my in-laws, or friends' house to watch games. I've already written their schedule in my planner. (Again, why are you surprised?)
3. I plan on knitting during the games. When I told Ben this he shook his head and just said, "wow babe."
I'm excited to kick off the season a week from Sunday - and who knows, maybe I'll even get a chance to go to a game one of these days. Let's go Lions!
Do you follow football? Who's your favorite team? Any fellow Lion fans out there?