So, the big game for the 2015-2016 (American) football season will be this coming Sunday, afternoon my time.1 (Almost) the entire Bay Area is getting into the hype and my home region is currently getting invaded by outsiders.2 Am I, as a Bay Area local, getting excited for this huge event? Well, not really.
For one thing, I work on Sundays, and even though I only work 4-5 hours a day and that I won’t be missing the actual game, there really isn’t much for me to get hyped about. One thing I am happy though is that one particular team I have been despising for awhile now3 won’t be playing in the new team4 home turf on this major event. I have to thank the Carolina Panthers for defeating them.5
Lots of my local friends on Facebook have been posting photos of themselves posing at Super Bowl City (an enclosed area in San Francisco where fans and enthusiasts can come and visit and hang out), photos of themselves in front of Levi’s Stadium even though they know they’re not coming to Sunday’s game, and some are posing with their Carolina Panthers jerseys and gear.6
I still love my 49ers. The 49ers and I go way back7 and I still have my heart for them, from their peak to their downfalls.8 I am one of the avid 49er fans from the past who hoped to see the Niners play on home soil this year, but there have been a lot of turbulence within the team, and that’s just how real life goes with sports teams. I know there are also the Oakland Raiders, and being that I live closer to Oakland than San Francisco, I should be rooting for them. That doesn’t really apply to me because when my family and I moved here from the Philippines back in 1987 and that we were first introduced to (American) football for the first time, the Raiders were a team from L.A.
In the Philippines, most people there just jump on the “latest trends” bandwagon. They don’t really have much of a local team of any kind to support, considering that their teams are sponsored by corporations and they also represent those corporations, unlike here, where they represent their location, or their sponsors’ locations. For example, many of my cousins in the Philippines are either L.A. Lakers/Kobe Bryant fans or Lebron James fans. Then when my Warriors suddenly ended up being 2015 NBA Champions, the entire extended family jumped into the Warriors bandwagons. In fact, a family of cousins came to the U.S. to visit us, and the first thing they did was to go to a Warriors regular game at the Roaracle9 for $200/ticket with us. I don’t know if I’m particularly happy about the bandwagoning but they’re family, so I forgive them.
Going back to the Super Bowl 50 subject, why am I writing about this in the first place? First, I don’t normally blog about sports as much even though I do watch sports. Second, other than the 49ers not being in the game, I watch the halftime show and the (in)famous commercials, although I have to admit that the latest Super Bowl commercials that I’ve been seeing lately (from the late 2000s till today) haven’t been as good as the old classics. Third, I just want to see my home celebrate and brag of the event being here in the first place.
Alright, time to make my dinner. Adieu.
On the sidenote...
- 3:00 p.m. PST [↩]
- Carolina Panthers fans and Denver Broncos fans [↩]
- Seattle Seahawks [↩]
- San Francisco 49ers [↩]
- Sorry, Mr. Marshawn Lynch, nothing personal. But hey, at least you’d be back home here with your family and the friends you’ve known in life, right? [↩]
- I know real Panthers fans who currently live here, but I’m sure the majority of them are bandwagoners from the 49er fandom. Sigh. [↩]
- 1987 [↩]
- Just like how I always had my heart for the Golden State Warriors, from 1987 until today, also from their downfalls to their current peak. [↩]
- Oracle Arena [↩]