Last week I was in Salt Lake City on a business trip. Monday night football was on and the Broncos were featured. They are the favored team in that area of the world.
I met with some of my business partners at the bar and we watched the game. It eventually came out that I was a Bears fan and boy did the hatred for Cutty come out. I don’t know what he did to the Bronco fans but they really, really really hate Cutler. I, of course, asked them to name some of the Bear quarterbacks before Cutler and they really couldn’t. I took the liberty to do that for them and after they picked up their jaws off of the table, I said to them in a stone sober face – now you know why we are happy with the performance at that position.
Then they pretty much dismissed the Bears, and laughed at the fact that we got “that guy from the CFL” as a coach. I quickly and efficiently tore them down and gave them the lowdown of all that Trestman has done in the NFL and their eyes popped a bit. Eventually I had to let it go, because, well, they were basically ignorant on all things Bears. I asked the crew to name another current Bear besides Cutler. One said Marshall (most said Urlacher) and one guy remembered Forte because he was on the bench of his fantasy team and one guy remembered Hester. That was it.
But this is a good example of what the typical NFL fan is like. At times I forget that I daily read things about the Bears, can name every starter (and most of the reserves), have even read a book that the head coach wrote about his life, and live Bears all the time. However, I tried the same thing on myself with the Broncos. I couldn’t name their coach, remembered Manning and about three other players and this is it. I have no idea what offense they run, and honestly don’t care.
Too much information. But I honestly didn’t have anything personal against Manning besides the fact that he is a crybaby (the Super Bowl kills me, but I have to keep realizing that it was DumbRon and Rex, not Manning).
Anyways, I hope now, after interacting with these Bronco fans, that their season turns into some sort of dumpster fire. But I wish that on pretty much all NFL teams besides the Bears.
But it was an interesting interaction and one that pretty much confirms most of what I thought. That after fantasy football, the average Joe really doesn’t know much about football, or any team besides his favorite. This includes me.