So…There was this big game thing called the Super bowl, not sure if you know about it, but it’s pretty well known.
Although my Packers hadn’t made it to the final I had decided to watch it, my team may not have got there but my love for the game meant I had to keep watching for as long as there was still Football on TV. We were all always going to watch it. I know you are heartbroken, but we’re Football fans and this is our big game, of course we were going to watch. And if you’re going to watch then it makes it more fun to root for someone.
Who on earth would I support though? Who should I give my support to for the big game?
I decided to put a list of some pros and cons to lending the might of the Packers support to the team of our choice.
So let’s take a look at the NFC contender first…
What are the PROS and CONS to supporting the Seahawks in this weekend’s BIG game…
They beat us. And they beat us by fluke. It should have been the Packers that were suiting up for the big game, not the Seahawks. They got lucky and took advantage of our defensive collapse. The game was ours, and it was in the bag! (I still can’t quite believe that we lost.)
There is no way on this planet we are going to support that bunch of lucky sods. If you were feeling bitter and felt it should have been us, then this definitely made it a con!
Again: They beat us. And they beat us by fluke. It should have been the Packers suiting up for the big game, not the Seahawks. Everyone knows it, we were the better team on the day. If the Seahawks were to win then we would have known in our hearts that we would have beaten the Patriots too. In our hearts and minds, this would be OUR Superbowl… the one that got away. If the Seahawks had won then at least we could have said “Yeah we lost, but we lost to the Superbowl champs and they needed a flukey collapse by the Packers to beat us!” We’re still number 1!
Is there a more unlikable team out there? From Russell Wilson and his crocodile tears at the end of the Championship game to Richard Sherman’s incessant boasting, to Lynch’s rude abuse of the Press, did I really want these guys to be the Superbowl champs? Again? I for one cannot believe that Lynch has been able to get away with what he has so far, and I await the NFL to tighten the rules around it. He managed to say 29 times during the Super Bowl media day; ‘I am only here so I don’t get fined.’ Not very mature, people came out to see and hear you speak, make a bit of effort.
I don’t think many people realise how hard it is to repeat as a Champion in this day and age. Even to just make it to the Superbowl is a miracle for the Seahawks, if they could have won it as well? It had been a decade since the last repeat champs, which was coincidentally the Patriots, and it would have made for a good story to see a repeat champion again, at least.
Winning two Lombardi trophies in a row would have made this team insufferable. How bad would Wilson/Lynch/Sherman have been if they won again. Did we really want these guys to be the ones to pull the double? Especially for Wilson to break out his crocodile tears about how awesome he was in the game (he toootally meant to be that bad the whole game until the last bit – referring to the Packers game there, apologies!)
They were the NFC team and we are a NFC team. If the Packers couldn’t be there to represent the National Football Conference then shouldn’t I have rooted for the team that was? Did I really want the AFC to win the title this year or, given the choice, keep it in the NFC?
That 12th man… Did I really want to join a band of WHAT CAN BE – arrogant self-obsessed fans that think they have the ability to swing a game? In the Packers/Seahawks game they seemed to hurt their offense more than help, and went extremely quiet during the game, some even left before the comeback and could not watch the infamous last 2 minutes. I have personally experienced some Seahawks fan who have been outwardly rude for no other reason than I was a Packers fan, the first thing after we lost that I did? I congratulated them, stay classy Fans at all times. At the end of the day we have our own ’12th man’ and he’s Aaron Rodgers!
My other half is a big fan of their outfits, the uniforms and the carbon fibre effect helmets… He always says; ‘Damn they’re pretty. As uniforms go they are sleek modern and good looking.’ Personally I am a fan of Green and Gold!!
BONUS SEATTLE CON
My other half is a Washington Redskins fan and he would have been really gutted had Russell Wilson got to two Superbowls already, let alone winning them. He still has flashbacks to watching the 2012 Wildcard game between the Seahawks and his Redskins… They were up 14-0 and looking great when RGIII went out with the leg injury and the ‘Skins have not been the same since. In the meantime Seattle and Russell Wilson (one of RGIII’s rookie peers) have gone from strength to strength. It’s a bitter pill to swallow. The ultimate fork in the road moment…
In the meantime what about the AFC Contender. Should they have had my support?
What were the PROS and CONS to supporting the New England Patriots in this weekend’s BIG game…
NEW ENGLAND CON
Is there a more hated team in the NFL? The Patriots are the team that the public love to hate. Why this is? I’m not entirely sure, but there is definitely a sense of hate for this team. Maybe it’s due to the fact that they have been so successful for so long. Maybe it’s the sense that this team lucked in to one of the great coach/quarterback situations that frustrates many a fan who sees their own team struggle so much. Most teams struggle from year to year, decade to decade. Some never see success on the scale of the Pats. Does jealousy breed contempt? Did I really want to support a team that seemed to have been born with the silver spoon in its mouth lately? I get called posh enough as it is!
NEW ENGLAND PRO
They are one of the GREAT sports team franchises. A team that struggled for years before hitting the big time. Does anyone else remember Superbowl XX? I certainly don’t but my other half tells me it hurt! Then things turned around after the Crafts bought the team and they’ve been consistently excellent for years. Three Superbowls, numerous NFC Championships, an almost perfect season… How can you not root for this team, it’s the situation most fans would love to have for their team. The standard bearer for how things should be run. It’s no accident that this team has been so successful for so long and you’ve got to support that kind of diligence. But…
NEW ENGLAND CON
… did they get to this level of success by cheating? ‘Deflategate’ is just another scandal to tarnish their reputation (for the record they whooped the Colts and I don’t think the balls made any difference). They also got accused of some shady shenanigans by the Baltimore Ravens in that game too. And then there was Spygate. The Patriots have a long history of playing in the grey areas of the rules. Maybe this is how you win so much, always push the limits… But when is a cheater a cheater? And did I want to support cheating? Wouldn’t I have rather supported the honest team?
NEW ENGLAND PRO
But you gotta feel for Tom Brady. He’s one of the all-time best Quarterbacks and his career has more years behind it than in front. He’s won multiple rings and came from such humble beginnings. He’s the ultimate professional, dedicated to the craft of football. His battle with Peyton Manning to be the best QB of his generation has been one of the all-time greats (Brady won that fight by the way… Aaron, you’re up next!)
Watching the Deflategate interviews the other day… Brady really was hung out to dry. Bellicheck more or less deflected all the blame to his Quarterback. There’s a part of me that wants Brady to have one last great game and then give a big FU to the Patriots for that stunt. This game will cement his legacy as the best QB of this generation and give him a shot at all-time status. Manning was great in the regular season, but the Post Season was Brady time!
NEW ENGLAND CON
Which brings us to the aforementioned Bellicheck. Surely all the accusations of cheating have to land somewhere and in this case I’d point them at him. He’s the coach. In his position at the Patriots do we REALLY think there are things afoot that he doesn’t know about? Personally… I find it hard to believe. He’s the man who makes the decisions, calls the plays, picks the staff and the players. If shady shenanigans are afoot he’s right there in the middle of the inner circle. He’s an undisputed genius as a coach, but I’m not sure he’s well respected.
NEW ENGLAND PRO
We’re Packers UK right? While we bleed Green and Gold, we live Red, White and Blue. The Patriots are damnably close to the colours of our home nation flag, what better reason to support them! They also have ‘England’ in their name. It’s almost like supporting a home team!!
Ok this one may have been a little spurious…