No story this time, just football thoughts. Sorry.  

rm_aranayd 47M
898 posts
8/20/2006 5:51 pm

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8/21/2006 9:40 pm

No story this time, just football thoughts. Sorry.

A few blogs I’ve read lately have prompted me to talk about football.

Those of you who look, can see the Packers logo on my hat. Yes, I’m a Green Bay Fan in Minnesota, but there’s reasons for that…

As a kid, it was Vikings EVERYTHING. On both sides of my family (my parents divorced when I was very young), there were highly devout fans. Annoyingly so. Bad enough that I lost interest in it. The Vikings always lost. Why did people keep thinking they were going to win? Even as a kid, I didn’t get it. When my mother moved us to northern California in my teens, I couldn’t care less about football. I got into skateboarding instead; adopting the punk-asshole attitude for all I was worth. Hmmm, does that even work? Can a person have a “California Punk” attitude while retaining his “Minnesota Nice” one? I guess that could be the best description of me I’ve come up with yet. But never mind, where was I? Oh yeah, football. Among my skating buddies back then, there were a few who were Niners fans. Being the rebel, I chose to support any team that beat the “Forty-Whiners” (a term derived from the way local sport’s writers whine about losses, and blame anyone but the team). My friends blasted me for it. We had fun.

My brother, another ever-hopeful and fanatical Vikings fan, got into that ‘Niner-bashing’ mode with me. Then it happened. The Packers knocked the Niners out of the playoffs in consecutive years. My brother didn’t know what to do. He hated the Niners, but he hated the Packers just as much. Being the chronic ass that I am, I went out and bought a cheesehead for his torture. By the end of the season, he was so anti-Packers that I had him cheering for San Francisco to avoid agreeing with me. Then it was on.

He bought a ‘Vikings kid peeing on a Green Bay logo’ shirt. I got the reverse. He bought “braids” on a horned helmet. I started decorating my cheesehead with other Packers stuff. It kept escalating until the unthinkable happened… Without going into too much detail, I lost my place, and had to move here (Minnesota) to regroup. Suddenly, I had become an over-decorated Packers Fan in true enemy territory. Niners fans may hold a grudge against the Packers, but that’s nothing when compared to Vikings fans.

Because of my job, I visit a lot of offices where I’m openly booed and hissed at. Some, where I’m told I can’t come in with “that hat.” Well, until they find out I’m there to fix a vital piece of office equipment, that is. I flaunt it in their faces. The harder they tease, the harder I tease back. The rivalry is ALL the appeal for me now. The game itself is a “take-it-or-leave-it” kind of thing. I watch to stay current on what’s happening, but I’m not overly disappointed that I can’t see every game from Minnesota. I cheer when they do well. I’ll toot their horn. I’ll even defend Brett to the ends of the earth, but I don’t need to see it every week. Live it every minute.

I only do that when I’m around Vikings fans.

rm_loneremily 34F
328 posts
8/21/2006 12:15 am

It's weird... Being the devout sicko that I am--you'd figure I'd LIKE to see a bunch of guys flopping all over each other in a sweaty competition for manliness--patting each others' rears every step of the way. Alas, I don't.

Yes--hot guys flopping over each other in a sweaty competition of manliness sounds good... But not in the context of anything other than sexual. I don't want them to HURT each other... I want them to have nasty guy sex that I can watch--caressing each others' rears every step of the way.

The game itself is stupid. Most of the players are ugly--and some of them are horrably fat.

Much like you, my punkiness stands in the way of any enjoyment out of it... Because the world around me likes it. The same is true for every other contact sport.

rm_aranayd replies on 8/21/2006 5:27 am:
Well, people don't watch NASCAR to see them drive in circles... They want to see the crashes. It may be the same rason that people watch skateboarding, too. And, at least for me, the LAST thing I would want to see is pro football players having sex. Professional women's beach-vollyball players having sex, though... hmmm. That might be something different.

twirly_girl 48F

8/21/2006 8:48 pm

I'm laughing at yall's comments.
That's just too funny!

I'm not into football either but I did enjoy your story.


rm_aranayd replies on 8/21/2006 9:18 pm:
I couldn't help myself. I'm a natural-born smart-ass. I live for that kind of shit.

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