When I was in grammar school living in Connecticut I was a big NFL fan. That changed once my family returned to Puerto Rico at the age of 12.
I remember how much of a fan of the New York Giants I was that time. In one occasion some of the players from the early 90’s (Mark Ingram, Dave Meggett, and a few others) were going to play basketball at a charity event at the University of Fairfield against the Fairfield University Basketball team at the town next to where we lived.
I remember the entrance was something like 8-10 dollars and for my Dad, at the moment it was a big expense to get all 4 of us into the game. For me, it was a surreal moment to see in real life these Football players I was used to watching on the TV. I was a big fan of Dave Meggett, and I had the chance to shake his hand. My dad also gifted me a picture of the Giants that was autographed by the players present at the game. That day made me even a bigger fan of the New York Giants, and to this day whenever I can catch one of their games I try to enjoy it.
My Allegiance to the Giants
I guess I am not as loyal as most fans to the team. I think the only Giants apparel I have was a hoodie that I got for Christmas in 1991 from my parents that I conserve to this day. I also have the picture they autographed stored with all my baseball and basketball cards. But something that always happens is I become a Temporary fan every time I see the Giants in the super bowl.
Seeing the Giants in the Super Bowl brings memories of when I watched Super Bowl XXV while still living in Connecticut. It was one of the best NFL games I watched because mainly because I was such a Giants fan. It was an entertaining and game with lots of emotions I stayed on my toes till the last play when Norwood from the Buffalo Bills missed his Field Goal Attempt which gave the Giants the Victory.
How I lost my love for the NFL
The reason I am not an NFL or Giants fan all of the time was that when we moved back at the age of 12 most of my peers were into basketball and baseball. On the Island, there was not much interest in the NFL although now I see a bit more of it the only day most people watch the NFL is the Super Bowl. The other day I found out thanks to the Latino Rebels that we even have a player of Puerto Rican descent named Victor Cruz on the Giants. In my opinion Super Bowl Sunday gives us Islanders another reason to Party.
I will be watching the game with mixed feelings since I like the Patriots the closest I got to the NFL was going to the Inbound Marketing Summit in 2010 at the Patriot Place In Foxboro, Massachusetts. I lived in New England many years but given how much closer I feel to New York not only because I worked in Manhattan for two years but because I have always identified myself with the Giants a lot more.
Being Passionate About Sports
I think watching sports, being a fan, and getting into the game even through your TV can run you through many emotions. I stay away from watching too many games because for some reason I end up spending too much energy on something others will benefit from (like the players who earn huge salaries).
Every time I watch a sports game and my favorite team loses it puts me into a state of mind of losing something when I can remember it is just a game.
So have fun watching the game and don’t forget is it just a game. We will be making our vegetarian appetizers and super bowl meal that we will share on Veglatino.com.
What are your predictions? Who will win the Game?
May the Giants I mean the Best Team Win!