What a great weekend. A friend of mine, Scotty, describes it as being Christmas morning for football fans. The opening Sunday of the NFL season. The leaves are just starting to change colors, there's a cool briskness to the air as the summer heat has now subsided. And football is in the air! There's nothing like it.
Across the street from my apartment is my favorite restaurant. You can go there and get two eggs, hash browns, and toast for $3.45. And the helpings are generous. One day before opening kickoff, I decide to walk across the street and have breakfast while sipping coffee and checking out the weekend edition of the USA Today. And of course they have a special section covering the opening weekend of the NFL. Life is good.
Sitting at my table I immediately recognize the section that has the staff's predictions for the season. This is always interesting. There are nine people that make their predictions for the season. All the division winners... the MVP award... the Super Bowl winner... and so forth. I found it amazing that two of them picked Michael Vick for the comeback player of the year. Mmmm. Very interesting to say the least. Then I can't wait any longer. I scroll across the picks for the Super Bowl winner and what do I see? Chargers, Chargers, Packers, Patriots, Patriots, Patriots, Saints, Patriots, and Eagles.
It is so hard to repeat. Maybe that's their thinking. Or maybe Brady coming back has alot to do with it. Only one, Scott Zucker, picked the Steelers to go to the Super Bowl, and he has them losing to the Eagles in an all PA Super Bowl. I can understand the Patriots pick. They're good. With the mad scientist Belichick, and Tom Brady, I feel they could win almost any year. And the Eagles are always good. I just don't understand the other picks. There's an old adage that says defense wins championships. And don't think for a second it's not true.
The truth is, as a Steelers' fan, I wouldn't have it any other way. I love the underdog role. Brady is back, so the Steelers don't have a chance. Yada, yada, yada... If the Steelers meet the Pats in the AFC Championship, it will surely be a game to be remembered. And boy will it sting badly if my team falls to them again.
The hopes of a new season. Getting together with friends, family, grilled food and cold beer on a Sunday afternoon. Seriously, does it get any better than that?