Those of you who listen to your wise blogger friend can thank me now for the hot tip about the Raiders. Not only this…
So, just sayin. If you want a young team to jump on a bandwagon for, think Raider Nation, baby!
And which bandwagon are fans most likely to jump off of? Well, let’s look at the obvious – who is 0-3?
The Lions – I believe these fans are the real deal. Like the venerable U.S. Post Office, this team doesn’t seem to deliver on Sundays, yet the faithful remain.
The Ravens – They’re only a few years removed from a Super Bowl ring, so although they have very little chance to shine in a tough division, their die hards aren’t going far.
The Bears – Bears are on the longest losing streak in the NFL. With John Fox coaching, though, there’s still a chance. But with a #1 draft pick representing an opportunity to end the Cutler era, it may be time to do the Super Bowl Shuffle on over to another team.
The Saints – Who dat? Dat’s a former Saints fan who gobbled up all of the glory of the 2009 Super Bowl but is now lamenting the loss of Jimmy Graham and wondering if Drew Brees is all but washed up. I see this fan base as most likely to jump ship, starting with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s brood.
On the positive side, the Colts and Seahawks snagged must win victories on Sunday, one of them cheered on by an adorable 8 year old boy.
Yes, I drug my kid to Nashville in a quest for the Colts’ first win, and the strategy worked – my Colts pulled it out in a last minute thriller! It was a bonding experience for the ages, which got me thinking – If you’re going to take a kid to a game, and I highly recommend that you do, what are some rules to live by?
HAIL MARY’S RULES FOR BRINGING YOUR KID TO A FOOTBALL GAME
Bring alternate entertainment – I have a fond memory of a cute 10 year old girl at a thrilling 49ers game, completely enthralled- by her book. Yes, it’s sad but true, kids may not be able to last the 3+ hours of attention that the modern game requires.
Face paint – It’s your chance to whoop it up, Puddy style. Paint their face, paint yours and enjoy the craziness.
Use them to up the ante on the trash talk – The beauty of taking a child to a game is that you can be (somewhat) rude and crude without necessarily getting your ass kicked. Of course, good parenting suggests that you should keep the trash talking in check. But good parenting also says don’t have a beer at a 10 a.m. game and we all know how that ends.
Use them in case your beer runs out pregame – Speaking of beer, in a pinch, a cute kid can negotiate parking lot trades for much needed tailgate supplies. If you have a plethora of, say, bratwurst, but are running low on Bud Light, your kid can be just the emissary you need to work a deal.
Instill them with a love of your favorite team – No joking here…there’s not much that compares to seeing your kid feel the ups and downs of a thrilling victory.
Being a fan really is the best! You know that, so passing the love down is our job. Now THAT is good parenting.