I pledged that I would always owe the New York Giants a debt of gratitude after that team shockingly upset the Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin in 2007. My fondness for the Giants continued, even after they embarrassed the Bears in 2010.
Then this year, what do you know, the Giants again pulled off a complete shock by forcing a choke on the Packers at home, again. So it will always be hard for me to root against the GMen, no matter how much of a twerp Eli Manning is thanks to his 2004 draft day antics.
Given this, my loyalties in the NFC Championship game are mixed. I can’t root against Jim Harbaugh. Even if I didn’t already admire him based on his past with the Bears, I’d like him solely for what he’s done with the 49ers in one season.
So in the NFC Championship game, I’m going to sit back and enjoy. Normally I really wouldn’t care one way or another once the Bears and other NFC North teams were out of it, but I have to admit that these playoffs have been really interesting.
I really don’t care what happens in the AFC, but it would be cool for NFL fans to see an all-Harbaugh Super Bowl. They seem like a great family that would deserve that kind of good fortune.