I was never a huge fan of one particular NFL team. The football Cardinals left St. Louis when I was 7 years old, and the Rams didn’t come to town until I was 15. I liked the Rams, but it wasn’t the same as cheering for a team you’d followed your entire life. I’ve just never been an especially passionate NFL fan.
So I generally follow the league through my friends, and my friend Jon is an over-the-top Steelers fan. He’s actually in Dallas this weekend, having landed tickets for himself, his wife and his parents. I generally like the Packers — Greg Jennings, of course, is a personal favorite* — but I feel like I owe it to Jon to cheer for the Steelers tonight.
As you might expect, there probably won’t be much blogging this evening. I’ll be a a friend’s house in New Jersey watching the game. I hope you all are able to get with some friends for a rock solid Super Bowl party.
Go Steelers! Go Packers! I really don’t care, I just don’t want this to be a boring game. If you’ve been watching pregame stuff all day, the game itself starts at 6:29 p.m. ET on FOX.
* Surely I’m not the only person who always thought it was cool when an athlete shared my last name. In the early ’90s, I actively collected Doug Jennings and Keith Jennings cards. Just now, when I looked up Doug Jennings on Baseball Reference, I was stunned to see he was a career .202 hitter. I honestly remember him as a key reserve for those A’s teams.