It was the summer of 1975 and I was sitting on the floor of my grandfather's apartment in the Bronx watching MLB game of the week. My grandfather looks at me and says who is your favorite team. Knowing he wanted me to say the Yankess, I looked up and saw the horrid Pirate uniforms and stated I like the Cincinnati Reds. Their uniforms looked a lot better then the Pirates. After, receiving a long lecture about loyalty and sticking by your team through thick and thin, I again declared, I am a Cincinnati Reds fan.
Soon after, the commentators began discussing how the Pittsburgh Steelers won their first Super Bowl that past January. Grandpa says, "Who is your favorite football team?" Well the Pittsburgh Steelers of course. I was 7, what was I going to say? I got the same lecture about loyalty with sports team. I stated proudly, I am a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
Well, I should have been rolling dice in Vegas that day, The Big Red Machine went on to beat the Red Sox in the most exciting World Series of all time. The Steelers then beat the Cowboys in the Super Bowl. Then the following season, the Reds swept the hated Yankees in the world series. I was hooked for life and there is no need for Grandpa to worry about me bandwagon jumping. I lived and died with my teams during the tough 80's.
It was all worth it when the Reds won in 90 and the Steelers got one for the thumb just a couple years back.
I just wanted to let you know that Bleacher Report has launched out of beta with an updated look and feel and some great new features. Check out the "Game On" link in the header to find out more.
Next week we'll be launching the site to the world with some public announcements—and it'd be great to get a contribution from you between now and Tuesday to make Bleacher Report's launch a success.
Let me know if you need any help with ideas or have questions. Have a great weekend Lee!