I’ll be honest right from the start—I’m a hockey fan and a hockey writer. I’ve written one non-hockey article in my life, about former University of Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and the possibility of him winning the Heisman Trophy—and we all know how that turned out.
But football is my second sport, without question. I am a great fan, and though I am from the Philadelphia area, the Eagles are simply the close team, not my favorite team. I have no favorite.
I simply enjoy competition.
I don’t paint my face and yell and scream during games. I only crave the big plays, whether it’s a timely interception, a 60-yard bomb down the field, and, of course, a bone-crunching tackle (being a hockey man, that would be expected).
But for some reason, I am more excited for this coming NFL season than I ever have been.
There are numerous storylines, in my opinion, none of which rhyme with Fett Bravre (In fact, he-who-shall-not-be-named won’t even appear in this article, I promise). With this being possibly the last NFL season, with a lockout looming, I think it’s about time I reached out to the football community and show that not all hockey fans are Canadian-dwelling, poutine-eating men.
Alan Bass is a writer for The Hockey News and THN.com. In addition to writing for Inside Hockey and Pro Hockey News, he has also worked for the Philadelphia Flyers. He is the General Manager of the Muhlenberg College hockey team as well. You can contact him at BergHockey24@gmail.com.