Sunday, January 24, 2010
big game today
i make no bones about it, i watch sports. sorry if you think that it's not a very spiritual pursuit but some would say that the spiritual zeal that many (including me i suppose) put into their blogs is just another form of fanaticism.
today is a big day for one of my teams and consequently for me too. one of "my" teams has not been to a championship game of any sort since the '93 Blue Jays became the repeat World Series Champions. that's a long wait for me; a long wait just to get to SEE one of my teams in a championship game, to say nothing of actually WINNING a championship game.
i became a New Orleans Saints fan a decade ago now after they traded their entire draft in order to select Ricky Williams in 1999. it didn't work out so very well for them since Ricky had a plethora of issues over that time but when it happened i thought, "well, that takes guts so that's now my team". i hate bandwagon, fair weather fans so i wanted to take a team as "my" team that wasn't anywhere near the top of their game and i wanted to stay with them until they did get to the top of the game. it's been a decade that i've been watching and cheering for the Saints and it could very be that things start heading in their direction today.
the Saints have had a great season getting into December undefeated, becoming the #1 seed in the NFC, best offense in the entire league, an unsuspecting defense and a playoff win over the Cardinals to get to the NFC Championship against the Minnesota Vikings today. i live north of Minnesota so i'm surrounded by Vikings fans and i'm the only Saints fan i know up here.
who will win? well, the Saints are favoured but only barely. the Saints play at home where they're very tough to beat but unfortunately this season has shown that you can run the ball on the Saints and the Vikings have one of the most scary running backs in the league in Adrian Peterson. i'm picking the Saints to win but i'm also a believer. when i look at all that the city of New Orleans has had to endure over the last 5 years then i think that if you can't cheer for the Saints in this game then you have no HEART whatsoever.
Go SAINTS! WHO DEM SAINTS? WHO DEM?