Corey Wade | @cwadepga
Year after year I find myself in the same exact place. Broken, humbled, unable to see the light of day. I sulk around the house, making noises resembling that of a sad Yeti, because once again, my bracket has been busted. I see the money float out of my hand in the office pool into another pocket of one more favored than I. BUT NOT THIS YEAR!!!! I have a secret weapon. THE FAITH OF A CHILD. This year I will have my 4-year-old daughter pick out the first round for me to give me that little innocent sprinkle of blessing that I have needed the past few years. Either that or I’m going to have to develop a more sound theology of suffering. (Since this will be posted on Friday you will all already be witness to this amazing strategy in action.)
Below, I present the match-up, the team she picked is in bold, and whatever reasoning she had (if any) is listed below (with my thoughts):
by Brian McKay / @RealBrianMcKay
I’m a huge football fan. Specifically, I like the St. Louis Rams. Actually, ‘like’ is not a strong enough word. I love the Rams. I originally became a fan in 1998. Their logo – the ram’s horn on the helmet – was my reasoning. Affectionately, I called them the Swirls (don’t hate me…I was 5). Some people think I’m a bandwagon fan, since the Rams won their only championship (the name of which I will avoid so as to avoid the wrath of the NFL) in 1999. Truly, that was just a coincidence.
I will admit, however, that I wasn’t a big fan at that point. My dad and my brother had favorite teams, so I had mine. It wasn’t until around 2004 that I really began to follow the Rams. Marshall Faulk. Isaac Bruce. Torry Holt. Not Kurt Warner, he was gone at that point. Instead, I rooted for Marc Bulger. Anyway, I’m not just going to talk about my favorite team. I do have a point here.
As I grew to love football even more, I grew to hate certain teams as well. The New England Patriots? Hated ‘em. They stopped the Rams from winning another championship in 2001. The Seattle Seahawks? Hated ‘em. They’re in the Rams division and they have players that can be…let’s just say…irritating.