My son has shown an interest in football and enjoys watching NFL games with me. He always wants to know who is playing, what color they are wearing and who I want to win. When he was born, I always figured he’d be a Miami Dolphins fan, like his dad, but after some careful thought, he needs to have a team that actually has some hope.
Being a Dolphins fan the last 37 years is like being a Kansas City Royals fan, but even the Royals won a World Series back in 1985. So, I was determined to pick a new team for my son and I to root for.
- Has to be in the NFC.
- Can’t be a bigger loser than the Miami Dolphins have been.
- Can’t be a bandwagon team.
Breaking this down by division.
Dallas – I’d rather root for the Royals. No.
Washington – Rex Grossman is their quarterback. No.
New York Giants – As a Red Sox fan, I can’t root for any NY sports team. No.
Philadelphia – Explaining Vick’s dog fighting…Why people in Philly throw snowballs at Santa Claus? Probably the least kid friendly team there is. No.
Green Bay – Bandwagon team. No.
Minnesota - The Cubs of the NFL. Bigger loser than the Dolphins. No.
Chicago – Something about Jay Cutler rubs me the wrong way. No.
Detroit – A 4-0 record has me interested. Maybe.
New Orleans – I like Drew Brees, and their head coach. Maybe.
Tampa Bay – I’m from Florida. Maybe.
Atlanta – I just can’t get excited about this team. No.
Carolina – Which Carolina? Like rooting for Golden State. No.
San Francisco – Alex Smith is their QB. No.
St. Louis – Not much to be excited about here. No.
Seattle – Any team that thinks Tavaris Jackson is the answer? No.
Arizona – Maybe if Warner was still with them. No.
So it’s down to Detroit, New Orleans or Tampa Bay.
New Orleans has their whole Hurricane Katrina thing going for them, and that’s great for the city of N.O. but they get enough love. They are bordeline bandwagon. Pass.
Detroit – they fall into that “Can’t be a bigger loser than the Dolphins” category. And even though they are 4-0 right now, four games does not make a season.
So, meet your new Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans. I’m from Florida. My son likes pirates. They have a freaking pirate ship in their stadium and a pirate on their helmet. The uniforms are pimp and they won a Super Bowl nine years. Their legacy includes dudes like Warren Sapp and John Gruden. Plus, how many Tampa Bay fans do you know?