Ah, my favorite time of year is upon us: football season time. Sundays in my house are glorious. Think four televisions, snacks on the table, and a full house cheering on their respective team. It’s like my own mini sports bar, but I get to wear my pj’s for it (with a football jersey, of course).
Today marks the beginning of the season for my pride and joy
:the Pittsburgh Steelers. Although I’m from New Jersey, I am a diehard Steelers fan. My mom grew up in the ’70′s when the Cowboys vs. Steelers rivalry was at an all time high. Her father (my grandfather) was a Cowboys fan, so she grew to admire the Steelers because of that. That admiration has continued through the worst and best seasons for over forty years. I also have two other uncles (on both sides of my family) who are huge Steelers fans so you can say it runs in my family.
My father would be the one to disagree about this, but that’s simply because he is a bitter Kansas City Chiefs fan. Nonetheless, unless the Steelers are playing them, I hold a soft spot in my heart for the Chiefs since I have firsthand sat through my father’s years of misery at this ever disappointing team.
Although it is only preseason, I still get anxious as each game begins. When the season begins, I’ll be exhausted from yelling and mentally drained by week 3, but now I’m just simply hyped.
My only main issue is the school I go to. I think I’m so invested in the NFL because I don’t have a beloved college team to root for. Hell, I don’t even have guys to watch the game with. NYU is not interested in sports in the least, both the school itself and the few guys (the 60% female/40% male ratio feels a whole lot more skewed in real life) who go here. So I sit in my dorm with my Terrible Towel hanging proudly, yet anyone who comes in doesn’t even know what it is. It breaks my heart just a little bit.
For example, my freshman year, when the Steelers beat the New York Jets in the AFC Championship game, I was ecstatic. I wore my Steelers jersey to class the next day loud and proud. Not a single person commented to me. Not an insult, not a thumbs up, nothing. I’m pretty sure at least 90% of the people who saw me were unsure a game even took place. I figured considering I was in New York, I would have some Jets fans talking smack, but nope.
It’s disappointing when I have nobody to watch the games with at school… that is until I found my Little sister in my sorority. She’s just as obsessed as me, and she’s a Pittsburgh native. My roommate now has to deal with two girls screaming at the TV every Sunday. Leave it to Greek life to bring football fans together.
I cannot wait to watch the game tonight, even if it has to be via my laptop since most preseason games aren’t televised. Here’s to another fabulous (but stressful!) season. Ring number seven, here we come
Lovelies, are any of you fellow football fans? Are you excited for this upcoming season?