It’s stupid, really.
20+ some odd years ago, I became interested in NFL football. Because Dan Marino was a young phenom at the time, his rookie season, I decided to root for the Miami Dolphins. Really, for no other reason than Dan Marino looked like a great qb and the Dolphins looked like they were ready to create a dynasty.
The choice stuck, and I’ve been a devout DolFan ever since. Sometimes I rue that decision.
Sometimes I wish I could cheer for the New England Patriots. It would make so much more sense for me. All their games are televised on Boston tv stations, which I receive, so that’d be great. I’d never have the dilemna of deciding whether or not to pay for NFL Sunday Ticket. But I can’t. I can’t cheer for the Pats. For one, they’re hated division rivals of the Dolphins. For two, they’re hated division rivals.
They’d be a great team to root for, though. They’ve had their terrible seasons. Dreadful seasons. And now, for the past 4 years, they’ve been on top of the world. Oh how great it’d have been to be a Pats fan for the past 20 years. Even to be on the opposite side of that sickening snowplow incident. Oh how I’d love to be able to laugh at DolFans about that. But I can’t. I wasn’t a Pats fan, and I won’t be. I’m a Dolphins fan.
But it’s stupid, really. What’s happened to my brain, my phsyiology, that makes it impossible for me to root, really root, for any other team than the Dolphins? It was such an arbitrary decision all those years ago, how can it have imbedded itself so deeply into me?
Now, I’m stuck with the NFL Sunday Ticket decision. Pay money (much needed money) to watch the Dolphins lose probably 12 of 16 games this year? That’s a tough call. I’ll likely have to go upstairs to the booth (where my wife makes the final decision) on that one. But what if they’re the surprise team of the season? How sweet would it be if Gus Frerotte gets injured in game one and Sage Rosenfels becomes the next Tom Brady? Shouldn’t I be there, watching and waiting for that highly improbable scenario. Isn’t 20+ years as a disillusioned and disappointed DolFan worth it? I don’t know.
Last night, the Pats played the Raiders. The Raiders are a team I’ve hated (sorry Dylan) since in my mother’s womb, I think. I still hate them. Last night, watching the parts of the game I watched, I really found it hard to pick a team to root for. I think that’s why I ultimately stopped watching it. Friggin’ Pats win it, of course. I really thought Randy Moss, with that touchdown pass he caught, was gonna lead the Raiders to victory. I suppose that’s the outcome I was really wishing for, only because that outcome has a positive affect on my Sage Rosenfels wins the Super Bowl fantasy scenario.
Please forgive me. I’m a Dolphins Fan.
I don’t know why.