Well, all of my teams are now out of the playoffs. After having absolutely outstanding seasons, two of the best in the NFL, the Falcons and Patriots are both eliminated on their first game of the playoffs. It was beyond disappointing to say the least. Now, I am left with 4 teams in the championship round and none of them are teams I want to cheer for.
The Packers are the team that put my Falcons out of the playoffs. I've never been a Packers fan as they are direct competition for my team. I admire Aaron Rogers and think he's one of the best QBs in the game. But I just can't see myself cheering for the team that eliminated mine. That's kind of like joining the enemy camp isn't it?
The Bears are quarterbacked by a player I've never had much admiration for in Jay Cutler. He's unpredictable, unreliable, and just plain bad a lot of the time. I know he has played well of late, but the QB he really is, is always lurking in there waiting to be exposed. I just don't think I can cheer for a Jay Cutler team. I didn't when he was with Denver and I don't see myself doing it now.
The Jets are absolutely not going to get any cheers from me as they move forward. I dislike their off the field style and like the Packers, they are the Patriots number one competition and they eliminated them. There is no way I could cheer for them as that would make me feel like I needed a shower afterwards.
The Steelers seem to be the last team left and the least distasteful. Granted, I'm not a Big Ben fan off the field, but I think he plays very well on it. I also admire the Steelers defense. It looks like come Super Bowl Sunday I will be semi-waving a terrible towel of some sort. Although I doubt it will be very enthusiastically.
It's very difficult for a sports freak like myself when my teams lose. Especially if those teams have had outstanding seasons in the regular part of the playing. It seems though that most of my teams like to employ this strategy. I've been told I should pick different teams. But that's all part of being a fan - a real fan - it's kind of like marriage, in good times and in bad. Maybe the Super Bowl commercials will be good. I know the party food will be outstanding and the party will be rocking fun. And after the game there will be only 7 days until pitchers and catchers report for baseball and then I will have someone new to cheer for.