Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Daily Rant

I am glad the Steelers won Super Bowl XL, or Super Bowl 40, for those who don’t use roman numerals nor understand why the Super Bowl has used roman numerals these past 40 years. The Steelers are one of the classiest organizations in professional sports from the owner to the coach to the players, they play a hardnosed style football that harkens back to the old days, and they have the Bus. Yes, I am a Jerome Bettis fan. Bettis is the type of player that gives me an excuse to still enjoy professional football in a way that I no longer enjoy professional basketball. From being a hometown boy from Detroit, playing for the Fighting Irish, with parents showing up to each and everyone of his games, and the fact that at 5’ 10” and probably 285 pounds he is built more like a bowler than a football player, Jerome Bettis is the type of professional athlete that it is easy to root for and impossible to root against.. Bettis represents all that is right in sports, he mentors younger players, does not brag or boast, and plays the game the way it was meant to be played and his team, town, and country love him for it. While Terrell Owens ruins football and any team he is a part of, Jerome Bettis is one of the good guys and reminds us why we still watch football and athletes who make more money in one game than most of us in a year. He plays for his team, he plays for the love of the game, and most importantly he plays for his parents who are sitting up in the stands cheering on their little Bus. So congrats to you Jerome and to the Pittsburgh Steelers, at a time when old Rust Belt cities are falling apart and their jobs are moving overseas, the once proud metropolises that made post-WWII America the envy of the world need people like you to remind us why we still watch sports, and why we still care and still believe. It is fitting that a team from Pittsburgh would win the Superbowl in Detroit; two Rust Belt towns coming together to cheer on the homegrown son of one town and the adopted son of another.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, perhaps we could make it into an after school special. The best part is, the NFL and ABC already have the script written. I feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Mon Feb 06, 12:41:00 PM  

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