In fact, it’s been a long time since I’ve had my favorite team in a title game or series, nearly 10 years. When the Raiders played the Buccaneers in the Super Bowl, after the 2002 season, that’s the last time my favorite team in a professional sport played for a championship.
The Dodgers have not been to a World Series since 1988 and the Trail Blazers have not been to the NBA Finals since 1992. It’s starting to get old, not having a team to cheer for in the ‘big game.’
Maybe I should just start cheering for the Yankees. They win all the time. Ugh, it boils my blood a bit to even type that.
I was spoiled as a kid. The Dodgers were in the series in 1981 and 1988 and won both. The 49ers (may favorite NFL team growing up) went to five Super Bowls and won them all and the Blazers were in the Finals twice times, although they lost both times.
It’s about time my teams picked up the pace. But in the interim, I’ll watch another champion ship game without one of my favorite teams in the mix. Now I’ll start working up enough hate for one of the teams so I can find a reason to cheer for the other.
This year I’ll be hating the Steelers so I’ll be cheering for the Packers.
I know I’m not the only guy out there with this predicament. Despite not having a real emotional investment in either team, Super Bowl Sunday should still be a fun day, a good time to hang out with friends and family, a good reason to put off those weekend chores that can always wait one more week.
This year, there’s another small challenge that revolves around the big day for me and maybe some of you too. As the new year kicked off I took a small pledge to be a better me. I’m working on losing a few pounds and I’m proud to say I’ve done a good job here for the first month, cutting out the soda, fast food and late-night desserts.
But now, here comes Super Bowl Sunday, a day filled with snacks, salty, sweet and seemingly endless. You are supposed to snack all day, have a few beers and eat some mouth-watering meat smothered in a delectable sauce. Yeah, no calories there.
I’ll need to go for a morning and late-night jog, as well as sit in a sauna, in a sweatsuit, to shed the Super Bowl surplus. I’m sure all of us who do indeed binge all day will be really motivated for a late-night exercise session.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy your Super Bowl Sunday. Too bad it’s not on a Monday where it could be declared a real holiday, one we could all get time off for.
Dan Eckles is the Sparks Tribune’s sports editor. He can be reached via email at dailysparkstribune.com