Being a near lifelong, die-hard hockey fan, I never completely understood the allure of football. What was the point to watching anything that didn’t involve face-offs and checking? Then, watching football with Gary (a.k.a, the world’s biggest football fan, especially college football), I found myself gradually warming up to the game.
Last year I became a bona fide football fan when I found myself tracking the schedule, scores, and stats of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and swearing and yelling my way through games. This season, I prepared by adding all the Steelers games to my phone’s calendar, complete with reminders.
And how is my newfound and loyal devotion repaid? By the Steelers bombing all three pre-season games played so far.
At least the Steelers-Chiefs game went into overtime and had an element of excitement and suspense. I’m too new to football to know if that reflects an actual improvement on the Steelers’ part or if the Chiefs just aren’t very good. I hope it’s the former.
One more pre-season game left: Thursday against the Panthers. Can we win at least one before heading into the regular season?