I’d like to take a moment and say a few words before one of my favorite days of the year has come and gone.
I love the Super bowl. I love watching some superior football action. I love the commercials. I love the camaraderie. Basically the entire thing (minus the halftime show usually).
I so wish I could write something eloquent about my team and how they’ve been amazing all year long and I’m so proud. Yes. But sadly, I can’t do that.
I wanted to write this post so the word “bandwagon” is not uttered anywhere near me or directed to me, so here it goes.
If you ask me, I will tell you 365 days of the year, my team is the Saints. I love me some Drew Brees. And all the Saints – but I am straight up a Saints fan, much to the dismay of my husband, who really does clearly love me unconditionally.
But before I was all grown up, I was a Cowboys fan….I finally got over that.
Never in my life have I been a 9ers or Raiders fan, which no one understands, considering where I grew up…but that is neither here nor there.
I never had a problem with the 9ers, Joe Montana and Steve Young will always be legends and I have the utmost respect for them. Those 9ers were phenomenal. Then Alex Smith came along and my respect began to dwindle.
When we went and saw the Saints in San Fran, I started a serious hate fest of the 49ers.. And it has only continued (I wrote a fairly irate post about 14 months ago, that I believe raised an eye-brow or two for some overly wholesome readers out there but we won’t go there.
The fact is, I do not like the 49ers. There, I said it.
But I also really don’t like the Ravens. I’ve had Anquan Boldin on my fantasy team a lot over the past five years so I’m pretty familiar with Baltimore. I respect the hell out of Ray Lewis but Joe Flacco just annoys me.
Basically I don’t like either team. But I always cheer for someone during the Super Bowl because it just makes things more fun.
Plus I hope for a killer, out of this world game.
This year, however, Colin Kaepernick will be out there, in his first Super Bowl game and that leaves me no choice but to cheer for him to win a ring.
I have said more times than I can count that I hate Nevada. Let me preface this with the fact that there are many things I hated about living in Nevada, specifically Reno.
I thought Reno was ugly. I hate smoke and it seemed like it was everywhere. If you are major bookworm and not a party person you don’t have nearly as much fun in this particular town, etc. etc.
Ok so in my biased opinion I hated living in Reno. You couldn’t pay me enough to move to Reno, or anywhere in Nevada for that reason.
But, do I hate the University of Nevada, Reno? No, absolutely not. I am unbelievably glad I went there. I am proud to say that’s where I earned my degree, from a phenomenal journalism program. I covered some ridiculously awesome things there, I met one of my best friends there and made a lot of memories there.
I have a lot of pride for Nevada. It helped shape me to who I am today.
I take pride in where I’m from. I may not have always loved Roseville and was definitely not someone who had a whole lot of “school spirit” in either high school or college, but to this day and until I die I will remember that I’m proud to be a Viking and to be part of the Pack.
You can’t change where you come from and I am so thankful for all the experiences and memories I have from Oakmont and Nevada.
Working at the Daily Sparks Tribune allowed me to do a lot of cool things and have opportunities to cover games and events I otherwise wouldn’t have had the opportunity to cover. This included covering Wolf Pack athletics. I got to cover Kaepernick, attend press conferences and see him grow as a player in college.
I have nothing bad to say about him, in fact he is one good dude.
He has his head on straight. He loves the game of football. And he is focused. I will admit watching him in college, did I ever think he’d be a starting quarterback and playing in the Super Bowl in his Sophomore year? Not a chance. But I’m sure proud that he is.
I really hope he goes out there, takes it to the Ravens and gets a ring. It’ll be amazing for him and awesome to say that a fellow Nevada alum is cool enough to have won a Super Bowl.
So tomorrow I will be rockin’ some Nevada swag because I just can’t make myself wear any red.
I leave you with this, Go Kap! Go Pack! (I really wish you played for a team I actually liked). So yes, I will be cheering for the 9ers, but only because I want Kap to have that glory.
Then the 9ers and the Ravens both can suck it.