I’m rather shy and conservative as a general rule. I like to listen to what goes on around me and take most things in without the need to . . . be outspoken.
It all goes out the window when I’m watching football, however. I don’t yell obnoxious things, but I definitely stand up and cheer.
Case in point: 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl XLVI. Of course I had a vested interest in the festivities. The blue and white Super Scarves were everywhere. Most of the teams that I wanted to see at the game had been knocked out, and other teams I would have liked to see . . . um never got off the ground this season. But I chose a team to back during the game and that’s what I did.
The team I chose to root for won the game Sunday, but my favorite yelling moment in the stadium was when Mario Manningham went downfield for what ended up being a 38-yard gain ending at the 50-yard line. He was covered by Sterling Moore and Patrick Chung at the sideline, but managed to keep both feet in bounds.
The Patriots challeneged the catch and the fans in the stadium glued their/our eyes to the jumbo screens for the replay. I was sitting in a section that had a fun mix of Giants fans and Patriots fans. When the replay came onto the screen, it was in slow-motion and we Giants fans stood and counted:
“ONE . . . TWO . . . It’s GOOD!!!!!”
We were counting his footsteps inbounds and both feet were legal.
We roared and roared. We didn’t quiet down until the head game official came onto the field to announce the results of the review. The play was upheld. We all roared again.
I LOVED it. Just like at home when I watch football but with 68,000 people yelling with me. Okay, maybe half of those folks weren’t cheering for Manningham, but it was a fun moment in the stands.
To the folks who have to clean up Lucas Oil Stadium: I lost my voice there. If you find it, would you return it to me? Send it UPS. I suppose that would make it a snail mail voice mail.
Gram’s going to be kinda quiet for a few days.