An NFL Fan Tale of Two Cities

February 4, 2011

Inquiring minds want to know... Can she love both?

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.

Sign made out of boxes of soda cans @ the grocery store

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

Not conflicted,
~Gemmie, the Dual Allegiance Chick NFL Fan

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  • Reply miss t-lee February 4, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    As another dual-allegiance chick (Steelers &Texans (or N.Mexicans as you call us…lol)), I approve this post. 🙂 I’m so tired of kats tryna talk to down to us ladies who are football fans. #FOH. Happy Super Bowl weekend, and go STEELERS!

  • Reply Wu Young Agent of M.E. February 4, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I feel you on the fan of two teams. I only root for the Silver & Black but The Steelers, Packers, and Colts are just teams that I like to see do well. I catch heat with college football because I’m an Alabama fan but I’m really digging the fact that South Carolina is playing well. (Mostly because the whole state just needs something to be happy about. I never say “Go Cocks!” just because that’s too pausable.) I understand your point Gemmie.

    Am I the only Raider fan on the planet without a felony? Well, one of two. My littlest big sis doesn’t have any priors that I know of. I’m shocked that the Bolts don’t have a large connection with the community. I’m assuming they’ve done next to nothing to embrace the Latin and black communities in S.D? Are the Daddies (Padres) that aloof too? I know they embrace the military but what about the rest of the town.

    I like Aaron Rogers. He has shown a lot of class when folks ask him about the Wrangler man. I’m impressed. I don’t care who wins but I hope it is a good game.

    Good to have you back… kick rocks in an Iraqi war zone. I think that was a deleted scene from “The Hurt Locker”.

    p.s. Wiz Khalifa looks like he has the mange and that Green and Yellow ish that Wayne has out is pure a**.

    • Reply Gem of the Ocean February 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      LOL @ “go cocks!” even for me that is awkward to say….

      you might be 1 of 3 raiders fans without a felony? id have to run the stats. the Bolts are just kinda taking the city’s money but they dont have a real noticeable presence (sans a few camps they run here and there). the Padres are pretty well connected and do a lot more with their reach, that im aware of.

      A-Rodge is def a level headed dude. he was cool as a cucumber yesterday and i was glad to see him play well (unlike the other starting QB *smdh*)

      thanks for having me back–its good to BE back! hopefully i can keep up. its quite possible i dont tho lol. and lmao @ kick rocks in an Iraqi war zone being a deleted scene from “The Hurt Locker.” that was a good movie, doe.

      yeah, Green & Yellow was some hot garbage…

      • Reply Wu Young Agent of M.E. February 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm

        Who would the other two non-felonious Raiders fans be? I would’ve said Tiger Woods a few years ago but that Negro has priors. I guess Tom Hanks is the other.

        The “Hurt Locker” was really good. Intense but good.

        p.s. Am I the only person who thinks Dick LaBeau looks like someone who plans bank robberies in his spare time?

      • Reply gemmieboo February 7, 2011 at 11:52 pm

        non-felony possessing raiders fans i know of, besides you are both lady friends of mine–one in a clinical psych doctoral program and the other is law student. both fairly upstanding citizens (as far as i know….). i know some one else who is a friend of my brothers but i cant be sure he has a clean record *shrugs*

        dick lebeau may be a part-time bank robber, but he could also be a part-time pr0n star with that name. not sure he has the equipment or stamina to get it in, doe *shrugs again*

  • Reply That Damn African February 4, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Put me down as that guy who has repeatedly questioned your practice of polygamy. I can see wanting other teams to do well or rooting for a team in a specific game, but I couldn’t actively root for multiple teams. But then again, DC and the Redskins have been my entire life. I live and breathe that team, for better or (more often than not) worse. It doesn’t matter how many years I live in Pittsburgh, cause it won’t change a thing.

    Now while I’m completely unwavering in my viewpoint, I can now at least understand your situation. The Steelers are a huge part of the city and when you get to know the players and the organization (and I can admit it’s a damn good organization) as intimately as you have, then I suppose it’s hard not to root for them. So while I don’t agree with the premise of having two NFL teams, I can at least respect how you got there.

    For the record, I didn’t think you were a bandwagon fan, just confused lol.

    And I have no shame in admitting my hateration and hope that Steelers fans won’t get a chance to cheer and celebrate in my vicinity since I’ll be wondering if the Redskins will ever get close to another Super Bowl in my lifetime. Hate hate hate hate hate….#greenandyellow #greenandyellow #greenandyellow #greenandyellow

    • Reply Gem of the Ocean February 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      lol not to worry–you were the person who inspired this post.

      you not agreeing with the premise of having 2 nfl teams is none of my concern. i could care less. i know so many people (namely MEN) who either dont have a team or have multiple fave teams, i know im not alone in this. so its ok if you think its something strange and foreign. i dont mind.

      i know you’ll always hate the Steelers, and probably any other team in the NFL, and thats your prerogative. but one of these days im going to diagnose fans like you–having a home team fave and never letting go. ill be contacting you for interview purposes in the near future. k thanks.

      • Reply That Damn African February 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm

        “i know so many people (namely MEN) who either dont have a team or have multiple fave teams.”

        Yeah, I know you’re not alone cause I know people like that too and it still confuses me. But, to each their own.

        “i know you’ll always hate the Steelers”

        I actually don’t hate the Steelers, they just happen to endure my wrath because I live in their city. I just don’t want fans of another sports team to be happy in my vicinity while my team sucks lol. If I lived in Green Bay, bet I would’ve been rooting for the Steelers all the way. The only teams I legitimately hate are the Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, and Patriots.

        “but one of these days im going to diagnose fans like you–having a home team fave and never letting go”

        I’m curious as to what are the hometowns of the fans who have multiple favorite teams? Cause I find it hard to imagine Steelers fans moving somewhere and picking up a second team. It would be interesting to see this laid out with real data though. #nerdflow

      • Reply gemmieboo February 7, 2011 at 11:55 pm

        ok. maybe hate was a strong word for your feelings towards the Stillers. but you’re def not a supporter.

        i didnt say the profile was going to be on people with multiple fave teams. i said it would be on ppl who are fans of their home team and WONT LET GO. like you. hence why id do an interview. do you read??

  • Reply Wu Young Agent of M.E. February 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I forgot to mention my strong dislike of Aikman/Buck. They should leave fox Sports and Buck should stick with baseball.

    Esquire magazine tweeted this about them.

    “@Esquiremag: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman seem like a couple of guys who really enjoy the cuisine offerings of Applebees. …

    • Reply gemmieboo February 7, 2011 at 11:57 pm

      Aikman/Buck are the worrrrrrrrrrrst!!!!! omg me and my man-friend were saying the same thing during the game. like please go kick rocks in an Afghani war zone.

      that esquire quote is GOLD!!

  • Reply keisha brown February 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    1st off: of course the nfl recaps count!!!!! how dare thee think otherwise!
    2nd: we do/did miss ya
    3rd: you gots good reasons for being mia. if you ever need a sub for the your gal! LOL
    4th: i was going to packers cuz i like them better, im an NDC girl and well.. i like when a team gets their 1st vs a team getting their 3rd in 6 yrs.

    hmm..that’s all i got.

    • Reply gemmieboo February 8, 2011 at 12:00 am

      1–LOL well i only mentioned that because i never meant for my blog to be a sports blog. it just kinda morphed into that over the course of the football season lol

      2–awwww thanks *hugs* im feelin the love 🙂

      3–i would have totally had you sub for me!! i thought you were busy with your own stuff so i didnt bother to ask. i am totally on board for you being a guest blogger, just lemme know!!

      3–im all for the Stillers but i do love me some A-Rodge and im not even mad that they won. the Pack played a better game with less and really gave the Stillers a run for their money. cant even hate.

    • Reply keisha brown February 8, 2011 at 12:36 am

      im am SOOOO mad you said to kick rocks in an Afghani war zone.
      why not Egypt?
      too soon? 😉
      viva la revolucion!

      • Reply Gem of the Ocean February 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm

        Egypt goin gully against their own. so, its not nearly as exciting when the hate and angst isnt against the USofA *shrugs*

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