So, I did my duty on Saturday night by taking my son to the Steelers first pre-season game against the Detroit Lions. It was very interesting until the rain/typhoon came. We were soaked to the bone but remained for the entire game despite the hour and fifteen minute rain/lightening delay. Unfortunately, I was so distracted by my soaking wet clothes that I did not learn anything on my quest for football knowledge….other than the fact that you better check the weather report before heading off to the game.
Okay, I have a confession to make. I am was born and raised in Pittsburgh and watch the Steelers faithfully each Sunday.
I have no idea what is going on.
They say that admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery. Well, here it goes. I have lived with this shame for a long time — hoping that the more I watch, the more I will catch on. Well, that hasn’t happened yet and I am approaching 40 years old. I am sure there might be a “program” out there for me somewhere — in some seedy, darkly-lit back alley, hidden in a small town near the Ohio border where all of the other “traitors” might lurk (a.k.a. Browns fans).
But until I find that group, I must come out of the closet where I am and admit that I have a problem. To add insult to injury, I am: 1. female, 2. blonde, and 3. a mom of a 14 year old boy (clearly any credibility that I had as an intelligent person in his eyes went out the window about a year ago).
I cannot utter my ignorance to those around me for fear of the embarrassment. Can you imagine the shock and horror that I would receive? “What do you mean you don’t know how many players there are on the team?” “But you GO to the games! You are taking up a seat for someone who is a TRUE fan!!” etc.
So, I begin my earnest quest for knowledge today. I am taking my son to the first pre-season game tonight. I refuse to let yet another season go by and have no idea what the words “secondary”, “off-side hit” and “middle linebacker” mean.
Some people search for spiritual enlightenment. I search to become a true Steeler fan. Those in Pittsburgh would argue those are one in the same.