I’ve been in this country for a little bit now, going on 15 years, and I’ve had an interesting relationship with the NFL. I’ve gone from a classic African state of mind (ruled by love for the beautiful game) of “What the hell is this nonsense I am seeing on TV and why is everyone yelling about it??!!” to “Maybe I WILL play fantasy football next season!”. Eh…probably won’t. I went to USC just at the start of the Carroll era so I guess I had no real choice but to get into it a bit. Then Seattle went to the Super bowl in 2005 while I was at Microsoft so that was my real year of détente with the NFL. After that I yearned for a Seahawks repeat and that kept me in the running. But I was a fair weather friend. If Seattle wasn’t in the hunt my treacly allegiances shifted to the New England Patriots – a very soupy name but there it is.
With the Super bowl win in 2014, I guess again I was hooked. That game was one for the ages. The spanking the Broncos took at the hand of my hometown boys was epic. 2015 is the closest year yet for NFL interest for me. Culminating in the NFC championship game to end all championship games. But even more so, I now know names like Gronkowski and even predicted this article before it was written. Ballghazi is also mildly interesting. However the really awesome occurrence is the matchup between my real team and my backup team in super bowl 2015.
I’m experiencing peak NFL baby.