I had the pleasure of picking up 3 boys from a birthday party this afternoon – one of which was my son from a birthday party. The boys had been running around all afternoon and had wet hair and very red cheeks. They were also all hyped up on sugar, so it took me a while to get them dressed and into the car. In fact, 30 minutes later, they were in the car, the sugar high wearing off, when one of the boys piped up with the following comment; “I have to get home soon because my Dad and I are watching the Super Bowl and ordering pizza. We’re even eating it on the couch.”
The other 2 boys liked that… Eating pizza on the couch - not the football reference – so I invited myself over.
“Who is playing?” asked one the kids.
“Steelers against Green Bay” said the boy.
“Who are you voting for?” I asked.
“I don’t know” he said.
So I used this opportunity to school the boys. Here is the crap that came out of my mouth.
“Well… You can vote for the Steelers, but why would you cheer for a team that likes to Steal? Stealing is bad. so don’t ever steal. But really, steal means to take something that does not belong to you and then you get caught and go to jail, whereas steel is the material used in building buildings. So Steelers is named that way because they make a lot of steel in Pittsburgh. Now Green Bay, on the other hand, their team is called the Packers – I don’t know why, but people wear cheese on their heads so it must have something to do with that. And while Pittsburgh is known for steel, Toronto is known for crappy sports teams, like the Toronto Maple Leafs – people call them the Buds, but they should be called the Bads, and also bad are the Soccer club, the TFC, and the Toronto Raptors. UGH.”
Then I looked in the mirror and all three boys were looking at me puzzled.
Then the boy who was watching the game with his Dad spoke up, “Well, maybe Toronto just has teams that are not as well put together as teams in all the other cities.”
“Son”, I said…
I’ve been a Toronto sports fan my whole life – which is coming up on 40 years – and besides the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Rock, I have been VERY disappointed in these team. Get used to it!
Man that brought me down.
Toronto sports does suck right now. Except the Toronto Rock.
Thank you Toronto Rock.
Oh, and vote for the Packers. I’m predicting a 31-28 victory.