Gah. I was just looking around my social media feeds and found pictures of family members with some NFL gear which they received as presents. These are people I respect and love, and they are proudly showing off New York Giants jerseys and New England Patriots t-shirts, among others. I am torn. I have to forget this side of them exists.
Luckily, I don't have to spend the holidays with my loved ones. They live pretty far away, and we rarely see the during the holidays. Okay, well, maybe I am not that happy to be away from them. I do miss them, but I'm glad I don't have to talk sports with them. You know what they say about politics, religion and sports.
My family is in Hawaii, and their NFL fandom is an assortment of different teams with no obvious reasoning behind them. For example, my mother-in-law is a San Francisco 49ers fan, her son follows the Denver Broncos, and my nephew likes the Giants. We also have Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, St. Louis Rams and Patriots fans, but surprisingly no Oakland Raiders or San Diego Chargers fans, given the proximity. And the last time I visited there, everybody else was suddenly into the Seattle Seahawks for some reason.
The ribbing and teasing is actually fun. Thankfully, we have no Miami Dolphins or Buffalo Bills fans in the family. And I just don't talk football at all with the Pats fans. I don't know why. They're nice people and everything. But, no.
Anyways, what about you? Do you have fans of other teams in your family? Are you actually stuck with them during the holiday break?
As some guy on the internet said, you can pick your NFL team, you can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, you can pick your friends' nose, but you can't pick your family. (That guy on the internet was me.)