I have a confession to make: I’m torn on who to root for this year in the Superbowl. Usually, there is at least one team that I can’t stand playing in the big game every year which makes my decision easy. But with the Colts Saints Superbowl only 10 days away, I’m having trouble trying to find an enemy to cheer against.
The Colts: The best team this decade without the accolades. It’s a sin that Roethlisberger has more Superbowl victories than Manning. Even worse, Eli has the same amount of rings as his brother. In a just universe, that shouldn’t happen. A great regular season would always end up with a postseason loss to the Patriots or a head scratcher of a victory that the Colts should have dominated (Mr. Vanderjagt, I’m looking in your general direction).
In addition to Manning, these players deserve their due. Reggie Wayne: Can he replace Marvin Harrison? Frankly, he has looked better this season. Dallas Clark: Great tight end who applies to the Brent Celek theory and is just as likable (props to Whiskas for that one). Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie: Who? Nobodies at the start of this season, they are respectively 2 and 3 on the depth chart and a huge reason for the Colts success this season. Addai?Freeney? Mathis? Former Eagle Hank Baskett? A solid group of respectable players (Baskett is a novelty and I have to give him a shout out because we are facebook friends. He was also the solution for everyone who bought a Mitchell Jersey. Duct tape and permanent marker work wonders.).
The Saints: The New America’s team? Why not? How can you cheer against these guys/ this city? A long, pathetic history of losing and no name quarterbacks culminating in a devastating hurricane that destroys the region. Tom Benson was on the verge of moving the team to a new city because of the destruction. How does the team respond? They take a chance on a QB that people said wasn’t worth the risk. A new coach comes in and changes the culture. Late round draft picks become house hold names. They return to the SuperDome on a Monday Night game in front of a national audience and dominate. They help resurrect a tattered region and a dying franchise. Now they are in their first SuperBowl in team history and have one of the most feared offenses in the league. No one expected this; if you said you did you are lying to yourself. The good story keeps getting better for Saints’ Fans.
So what is a football fan to do: Cheer for the greatest QB this era to solidify further his greatness? Or hope that the feel good story this past 3 years can have a happy ending? All I know is that I am not the only one with this dilemma and people will be content with either team winning. And unlike Superbowl XLII, I won’t be cheering for the stadium to implode.