First post of 2011! Wow! It’s been awhile since I last blogged. Twenty-two days in fact. And if you don’t count NFL recaps, it’s been about 80-something days. I’ve missed writing. I’ve missed expressing personal and/or random, humorous thoughts with my readers. I’ve spent these last few weeks trying to reorganize my priorities and make some much needed adjustments to my life. After all, by the end of 2011, I’m trying to be Dr. Gemmie, PhD. So, as you can imagine, I haven’t had the attention span or clarity to fish through all the many thoughts jumping from synapse to synapse. Besides, Gemmie’s got a man at home.
But this weekend is Super Bowl XLV!!!!!! How could I resist writing one last football related post to close out a terrifically torturous and topsy-turvy season?? *sigh* I will miss you football, especially if you are not around next season due to some “irreconcilable differences.” *wipes tear*
As many of you may know, I live in Pittsburgh. I have been here for almost 6 years. My first year of grad school was the year Big Ben led the Steel Curtain et al to their 5th Championship win. As you can imagine, the city of Pittsburgh went WILD!! And by wild I mean riot behavior—students burning porch couches, turning over trash cans in the streets, etc (read: 2520s just plain acting a damn fool!!).
Now, living in the heart of Steeler Nation (or “Stiller” Nation, as the locals/yinzers would say), I have become very fond of the Steeler organization the Rooney family has fostered. One might even call me a “fan.” I’ve had the good fortune of attending a few Steeler fundraisers and meeting many of the Steeler players—both past and present—and they are truly some remarkable men. Any given night during the season (and sometimes beyond), you can likely run into any number of players (most notably, from what I hear, Casey Hampton, Ryan Mundy, Big Ben, Ziggy Hood) out enjoying the city’s night life. I’ve even been lucky enough to attend one of Charlie Batch’s infamous pool parties, where I got a chance to chop it up with my Steeler boo LaMarr Woodley and former Steeler Deshea Townsend, who had me grabbing former Steeler San(An)tonio Holmes’ buttocks (LOL & smh). Not only are the players cool as heck and damn good ball players, they seem to really respect and care about the city/community and making the Steeler organization “for the people.” I know, I know, it sounds corny and cliché, but anyone who has lived in Pittsburgh knows what I mean.
Because of my growing personal connection to the Steelers, I have no issues cheering for them and being a fan. It’s hard not to love a team that you feel like you know. Yeah, they’re good and everyone likes a winner. But it’s not MY fault they became a championship team when I moved here (I think some of their success can be attributed to me, thankyouverymuch! #luckycharm) lol. The only football jersey I own is actually an authentic #43 Troy Polamalu jersey (given to me as a gift).
Now, I’m not choosing the Steelers over my home team, the Chargers because the Steelers are champions (ok, maybe a little). I will always root for the Bolts and have coronaries when they eff up and make our city look bad because they are, well, my home team—I grew up watching them and have good memories of going to “the Murph” (as the stadium was called back in the day) to see them play. Despite the fact that the Charger organization will never be accused of being decent and upstanding because as a whole they suck chimpanzee balls and are quite disconnected from the community, I proudly wear my blue SD ‘nalia on game day and ridicule the Bolts more than any other team because they are my squad.
But I’ll be damned if people (especially die-hard home team fans) are going to call me a bandwagon fan or question my loyalty because I happen to be a fan of 2 different teams. Or attribute my dual allegiance to me being a “typical female sports fan.” o_O Really?! SO WHAT?!? I won’t even get into the fact I know countless men who have multiple allegiances to various teams—that’s their business. I’ll just speak for myself… It’s not like I flip flop between teams by liking one more when they’re winning. I like both teams about equally and for different reasons. Both have a piece of my heart. Whoever has a problem with that can go kick rocks. Preferably in an Iraqi war zone. On the 4th of July.
Random thoughts going into this Super Bowl Weekend:
- Do you understand how ridiculously epic the caricature match-ups are going to be?!?!The #CheeseheadPack vs. the #Stillers!!! Aaron “People’s Champ” Rodgers vs. Big Ben “Nose Means Nose” Roethlisberger!!! Clay “Goldilocks” Matthews vs. Troy “Pocahontas” Polamalu!!! BJ “Porridge Eating” Raji vs. Casey “Get In My Belly” Hampton!!! I mean, yes, of course, we’re all watching to see who will show better athleticism, physical dominance, and mental agility to win the game, but you can’t deny all the other completely unrelated to football glory that will undoubtedly cross everyone’s mind and commentators list.
- Though I undeniably will be cheering for the #STILLERS, I actually went out on a limb and picked the Packers to win the SB over the Steelers early in the post season for my lab’s Playoff Pick ‘Em League pool (this isn’t about allegiances, this is about $$$). While I’d love to say “I WIN!!!! SHOW ME THE MONEY, BISHES!!!” because I never won a pool in the regular season, I don’t want to have to win in wake of a Steeler Nation loss. So, boo to me.
- Thanks to my Cheesehead labmate, @DJGreenBay, I have become a fan of A-Rodge People Champ’ing celebration. He totally won me over with his slight pelvic thrust #winning. So, whoever made this video is a GENIUS and deserves my sincerest appreciation!!!!! (As a reference, here’s the original “Go Grab My Belt” video from Slick Mahoney of my favorite internet sensation clan, Turquoise Jeep.)
- I love living in a city that loves their sporting teams so much. When the Steelers do well, the morale of the entire city goes up and makes living in this unbearably cold, cloudy winter weather much more bearable! How can I not be a part of the excitement? *singing* Uh huh, you know what it is–#BLACKANDYELLOW #BLACKANDYELLOW #BLACKANDYELLOW #BLACKANDYELLOW.
I wish everyone a wonderful and safe weekend (especially those of you snowed in due to gawd awful weather conditions)!!!!! I hope you have great plans for this Super Bowl–you’ll want to remember where you were and what you were doing when you witnessed the greatest team in history get it’s 7th ring!!!! #boompow
~Gemmie, the Dual Allegiance Chick NFL Fan