The NFL’s competition to win a SUPER BOWL XLVIII experience is now closed so I hope you got your entry in. I’ve heard on the grape vine there’s a better than an ever chance of the Colts attending the game! The competition was a great opportunity but, alas not unless you lived in the USA, which is reasonable. But for me, well that means I can’t enter. Envious of this competition I have decided to submit my pseudo-entry through my blog.
On September 11, 2001 the world’s eyes turned to America and any half decent human had eyes that filled with tears. If you had any humanity in you, you couldn’t help but pray for those still alive and feel for the great loss that weighed in New York. Like many, I did look more towards your country and having watched, but not fully understood the pleasures of this game on the gridiron, I became compelled when the country took some relief in the football, ending in a fabulous game where the red hot favorites, the Rams would meet the young guns, Tom Brady and the Patriots. Some six years later New York rallied around Eli and Tom as well as the rest of the team that brought back the Lombardi Trophy. It helped continue the healing process of that great city.
While I wasn’t that thrilled when the Saints defeated my beloved Colts on February 7, 2010, we all still felt some relief for New Orleans, having comeback from the devastation of cyclone Katrina five years before.
The other night, or rather three in the morning, unable to sleep I was learning the words to the Star Spangled Banner. It’s not that I don’t love my country; I do love Australia. But I do admire, and yes love America too. Who could not admire a country whose motto, which is in the last verse of the anthem, states, “”In God is our trust.” So that’s why I love your football; it brings the country together.
There are two days of the year that I always take off work. The Friday in Australia when you are celebrating Thanksgiving, and of course, Super Bowl Monday. (Well we’re a day in front!) Thanksgiving is for my friends and me, turkey, roasted vegetables, roast pork, all the trimming, pumpkin pie and FOOTBALL. Super Bowl Monday is great dips, beer, buffalo wings, beer, hotdogs, beer, burgers, beer and FOOTBALL. It’s brought me great friends and I’ve learnt so much about your wonderful country. I can even sing the Star Spangled Banner (“No Dad” my children protest, “That’s NOT singing!”).
Last year I sat in Lucas Oil Stadium. An absolute foreigner, people just continued introducing themselves, saying hello and welcoming me to your country. Yeah, the gridiron…..it’s America. And the NFL epitomizes all that is good and great about American football. God Bless you all.
Rooting for the Colts a half a world away. Our resident Aussie blogger, Rob Zammit, is a veterinarian and dedicated Colts fan.
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