Aug 29, 2012

Are you ready for some football?

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?

Drumroll please.......

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?


Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Haha, this post cracked me up. I can't imagine being in this position, being from Boston and growing up in a house with big sports fans- I've had all my teams decided for me at birth. That being said, I really don't like football- I understand it but I find it boring, hopefully knitting during the games will help haha.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Haha, you crack me up! You sound like you know what you talk about in this post, though, so clearly you've learned a lot (well, you'll have to learn some new things like first downs and such).

I do not follow football. I basically hate professional sporting events. Ok, maybe hate is a strong work. I dislike sports. It's just not my gig! But I do participate in this thing at work called "king of the hill". You pick a team each week that you think will win, and you can't pick the same team twice. It is fun because there is some strategy involved, money to be won, and a side bet for lunch with friends at work.

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

I love you Becky, this post just cracked me up!!! I can totally hear you saying all of this and I can see that conversation with Ben shaking his head at you (LOL).

I'm like you, I don't know much about football and should really know more... This year I am in an all girls fantasy football team. Our draft was last week and it was.... Interesting. Lol.

My favorite team is the Chiefs (hello another underdog!) because it's my dads team and I grew up with them. I lived in kc and saw the craziness on game days!!

Can't wait to see how your lions do this year!

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

woooo!! go lions!!!!! ;) they are my team, win or lose.. years of shit and glimpses of brillance! can't wait to see stafford and johnson tear it up!

Anonymous said...

Becky!! Really?? Why not the Tennessee Titans?? They are my team and they are the underdog also!! And it's so funny that you are going to knit during the games. I totally crochet while watching football! This is my first year playing fantasy football, so I will have to let you know how that goes!

Shaina said...

This is hilarious! I'm from Detroit and I'm not even a Lions fan. Hahahaa. Of course, I'm not much into pro-sports - I'm a Big Ten college sports girl all the way! :)

Unknown said...

I'm just very happy that you didn't go with the Cowboys (and what you said about them--so true!). :)

I will have to tell my husband, too. His hate for the Cowboys is almost greater than his love for the Redskins. Haha!

erin - mutterings of eringirl said...

I rarely comment, but I came out of the woodworks to tell you that this post is absolutely awesome.


Laura said...

With the most superbowl rings of any team, I hardly find my precious boys (The Steelers) overrated. ;)

But alas, not everyone can love them. :)

Jen said...

Detroit needs a million more fans like you and then maybe? MAYBE?? Things could get better!!
I grew up in Michigan and remember the black out games...this could be a great season!!
Love it!!

BFraze said...

Dear Becky, You don't kick the ball on first down. Bring the.chips and dip. Love, Mom and Dad

BFraze said...

Dear Becky, You don't kick the ball on first down. Bring the.chips and dip. Love, Mom and Dad

Holly said...

I follow CFL football - let's go, Eskimos! But honestly - I only go to the games because one of the other wives brings the most amazing cookies ...

Suburban Sweetheart said...

Oh, I love this so much. We need to meet in person. We have such similar crazylady logic. <3

Nora said...

Thanks to my year in Wisconsin I am totally a Packers fan. Aaron Rodgers and the green/yellow team. They are my favorite! I was really bummed when I didn't get Rodgers are my QB in my fantasy league. Sigh.

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