WE GOT A DOG IN THIS FIGHT!
I have watched the Superbowl since I was just starting high school. At that time I was a (GASP!) Redskins fan as they were the closest team to my part of NC and that was who dad was rooting for. As I matured and became my own man I decided I needed to get my “own” team. I have always been partial to underdogs (and not a bandwagon jumper or hot-team-of-the-day fair-weather fan either) and since I was born in LA (the state, not the city!) I choose the New Orleans Saints. I felt I had a connection with them. So I have been following them and calling them “my” team since 1988. I endured the jests, jeers and jokes from fellow co-workers “You pull for who? New Orleans? Do they even have an NFL franchise down there? Yuck Yuck Yuck.”, to co-workers wearing bags on their heads after a Saints loss, to hollering “NOOOOOOO” to Buford Jordan as he banged the ball of his knee in the Atlanta playoff game, to years of watching the Superbowl without having a real vested interest in who was playing. Sure I would root against some teams and for other teams but it will be soo different this year, because I actually have a dog in this fight!
Man what a great time to be a Saints fan. I was so jacked up (and then eventually nervous) for the NFC championship, so I don’t know how I will be SuperBowl Sunday. I may be a bowl of jello from nerves by the 4th qtr IF the Colts manage to keep it close :) . I do know I am going to have a bigger and better Superbowl Party then I have ever had. I am going to go to the Party City store and bring home Saints cups and plates and all kinds of stuff to decorate. I will have enough food and drink to feed a small nation. Hopefully my Brees SB44 jersey will be here in time for the game. If not I may pick up a knock off at a local store just in case…
I am so stoked!
P.S. Sorry about the title, I just thought it would be funny. I am not advocating dog fighting, just using a cliché’. And here’s another one:
It is not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. (See 2009 NFC Championship game (Saints vs. Vikes) for an exhibit) . I finally know what other teams fans have felt for so long. Let’s enjoy this everyone.