I'm not normally a football fan, but this year I've become quite fascinated by the NFL. I live part-time in Chicagoland and part-time in Tennessee, so I claim both the Bears and the Titans as "my" teams. Neither team made the playoffs, but in the process of watching the Bears almost make it, I got hooked on the game.
I think football is much easier to watch and understand these days than it used to be. Larger TV's and better camera techniques make it easer to actually follow the plays. It's possible to follow a series of plays and keep up with the stats on the internet as the game goes on. These things have made it easier for a newbie like me to follow the game. The thing that actually got me hooked was the realization that in any play, almost anything can happen. An interception, a fumble, a touchdown, a sack. It amazes me how a reciever can leap up a catch a ball and hang on to it (much of the time), or how a quarterback can even manage to throw the ball to someone running way down the field surrounded by opponents and (most of the time) not get the ball intercepted.
I barely understand the rules, much less play formations, but I have to admit....I still have found the game fun to watch.
I happened to watch this year's Superbowl's '49ers rookie quarterback, Kaepernick, start his first game midseason....because it was against the Bears. We were stomped and it was clear Kaepernick was someone to watch. I love the way he can run the ball when he needs to. The Superbowl quarterback for the Raven's, Flacco, has deadly aim with his passing....way....way....way down the field. Both QB's make the game particularly fun to watch.
It could be a close game this evening. The Raven's have had a history of being able to dig themselves out of a hole and come back from behind to beat higher-rated teams, so today's game has the potential of being really interesting right to the end.
Last, but not least, don't get me started on having two brothers being the head coach of each team. I'd hate to be their parents today, but they must be awful proud to have two such accomplished sons.
If anyone had told me at the beginning of this season that I would be writing a blog like this on Superbowl Sunday, I would have most probably laughed in their face. Usually, on Superbowl Sunday, I'm out shopping or exercising or making a point of watching a movie. Today it's different.
This Superbowl Sunday.....I'm Ready! Bring it on!!