I have watched so much football in the past couple of weeks that my eyes are shaped like footballs. I, of course, haven’t had a real dog in the fight, which in many ways makes it that much more fun. The games have been amazing from a pure football standpoint.
I know some of my readers are Kansas City fans, and so I apologize for this thought, but it is fun to see new helmets at the Super Bowl. So I have to admit to rooting for Cincinnati. People, please. The last time the Bengals were at the Super Bowl, my son — now a 41 year old father of three — was 9 years old. It’s time. I truly didn’t care who the winner was for the Rams/49ers game. I was happy, however, that former Denver Bronco defensive player Von Miller got in on the last play of the game.
Of course, the playoffs simply remind me that football season is nearly over. As a consolation prize, the Winter Olympics are looming. Still, China’s leader, the powerful Xi Jinping, doesn’t do nearly as much for me as Tony Romo, who, by the way, I thought was going to have a heart attack at the end of the Chiefs/Bengals game. He gets more excited about football than me, and that’s saying something.
As you read this blog, my sister Jen is either undergoing knee surgery or recovering from surgery she underwent earlier in the day. It was fun to be able to watch the game with her yesterday. She doesn’t cuss as much as me, but she gets just as excited. Bill is much calmer, helpfully pointing out penalties the refs missed or shouldn’t have called. What would we do without him?
I’m always sad at the end of football season. It really isn’t even that I sit and religiously watch every game. In fact, the team about whom I am most invested — the Denver Broncos — are rarely on television here in AZ. But I always have the television on all day long on Sundays, and I find it very soothing. In the past, I have especially enjoyed Sunday Night Football. I will tell you, however, that if Al Michaels is gone from NBC (which I guess he will be) it won’t be the same. Though Cris Collinsworth has always been a favorite of mine (his knowledge of football is amazing), he has lost his allure as of late.
We get a bit of a break between now and the Super Bowl. I won’t be buying any team shirts or dying my hair, but I think I will be rooting for the Bengals. The orange reminds me of the Broncos.