OK, my support for the Cardinals is solidified, I’m announcing 68 minutes before game time. You have the whole Cardinals used to be from Chicago angle, and the fact that many celebrities (including our President to whom many people refer as a “Rock Star” forgetting that the President of the United States should be far from a Rock Star) are going public in their support for Pittsburgh, God knows why. Anything a Hollywood celebrity would want, I’m usually taking the other position.
I have nothing personal against the Steelers, but I did have a memory from my childhood this morning (luckily one that didn’t end with me banging my head against the wall ala Rain Man.)
In today’s Chicago Tribune, the paper interviewed local Steelers and Cardinals fans about the game. One gentleman they talked to, Robert Campos, gave me another reason to root against the Steelers tonight. In the article, Robert says he’s a huge Steelers fan who has never set foot in Pittsburgh. When he was a kid in the Chicago area, the Steelers and Cowboys were dominating the league, and he jumped on that bandwagon.
Nothing personal, Robert, I have nothing against you doing that, but fans like you made me that much more proud to be a follower of the terrible late 70′s/early 80′s Bears teams. I’ve said many times, when I was in third grade and just started following the Bears, I felt there were many more Steelers and Cowboys fans than Bears fans, even in my little town just outside Chicago. Kids would remind me how bad the Bears were, but I kept my allegiance. But I got real angry when a lot of those same kids jumped back on the Bears’ bandwagon when 1985 came around.
I trust Robert didn’t jump on the Bears’ bandwagon in the mid 80′s, when the Bears were banging Mark Malone and Bubby Brister around every couple years.
Enjoy the game. Go Cards. Not that football really exists for me right now, but it’s an excuse to make some good food & drinks.