I am a fan of football…well fan-ish I should say. Let me start by saying I am talking about American Football for all my international readers, I do like soccer, as we call it here in the states, but that’s not the subject today.
Things are starting to gear up for the Super Bowl, teams are being eliminated and we are getting close to the final big game of the season. My team, unfortunately, is out of the running, no big surprise there, but we continue to cheer them on win or lose as only my city can. We are known for being a little bit crazy about our devotion to our sports teams…we’re famous for it, it’s a total love/hate relationship. Fans have been known for throwing things on the field and actually booing Santa Claus. I understand the throwing thing, but I totally had a problem with the booing; I hope they all got coal in their stockings that year. Yep, that’s right, I am a Philadelphia Eagles fan.
Like I said, I am fan-ish about football. I want my team to win, I check the score constantly when they play and I wear the gear (yup, that’s me in the pic), but I cannot tell you who the players are or the stats of my club through the years. I can’t watch a game by myself, because I personally think watching sports alone is boring…yeah, I said it, LOL. I also can’t watch a game with my sister…let’s just say she gets a little vocal when the game isn’t going in the right direction. (She’s not even allowed to watch hockey, but I digress…)
I love to watch games on television with a group of people and I have been to a few games in person, which is always the best way to watch, in my opinion. I get caught up in the vibe of the crowd and start screaming and cheering (or booing if it’s called for, the game, not Santa…I haven’t thrown anything, yet.)
I was working at a hotel in Baltimore and the movie “The Replacements” was being shot in town. Do you remember the movie? Gene Hackman and Keanu Reeves? About football? Anyway, we were invited to the set to be in the stands during a football game, because the film stayed at the hotel. Yes, it was supposed to be Washington D.C., but it’s always cheaper to film in Baltimore, so we were at Ravens stadium. Once filming starts you are not leaving until it over. We were there all night. That was the last time I was in a football stadium.
Living in Hawaii, I am fascinated about the teams people cheer for. On the mainland, we typically root for the team in our city or the closest team to where we live. An example of this is New Jersey. They do not have a team of their own, so generally South Jersey supports Philly teams and North Jersey supports New York teams. Here in Hawaii, all the teams are represented for many different reasons. The stories behind the choices can be anything from being a west coast team, because they are the closest to us or because of a certain player from the past…the reasons are endless, and I like hearing the why.
I will not be watching the Super Bowl this year. I used to watch it every year with friends, but I don’t find the commercials as great as they used to be and the half-time shows…eh…not interested. If somebody great is playing at half-time I can always watch it on You Tube. So, for me, the season is over. But when August comes, and the pre-season games begin look for me on social. You will see me posting about my team, wearing the gear and yelling “Fly, Eagles, Fly” even though I won’t know the names of the players I am rooting for. Like I said…fan-ish.
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