One of the most unsettling aspects of Sunday's loss was the number of Giants fans in attendance at Heinz. I would attribute this to their being one of the more proximal non-division opponents and their fans having a decent amount of marginal income to spend on tickets (at least more than, say, Buffaloians SP?). One such individual was seated next to me and proceeded to lay claim to the title of "Single Most Obnoxious Fan I Have Ever Encountered." I hope his genitals rot off.
Which brings me to Reason #738 why the NFL is the best sports league ever: Hatred.
Unlike many leagues, there is always a reason to root for one of the two teams playing to fucking decimate the other. Regardless of the two teams playing, one is a better conduit for your hatred than the other. Even better, each season brings new reasons to despise, case in point: I didn't give a hefty shit about the Seahawks before they started with all their whining after Super Bowl, now I take pleasure in watching Mike Holmgren's slow decent into football hell in the "Emerald City". Before Sunday, I would venture to guess that most Steelers fans would list the NY Giants in thee bottom 1/3 or even 1/4 of their personal "List of Loathing". Yes, Eli and Ben are the source of an overblown, media-contrived "rivalry", but aside from this, what reason did we have to abhor the Giants? Consider:
We never play them
They knocked off the Patriots last year
They play in a division with the Cowboys (and 'skins)
THIS must be the cause of so many fans' ambivilance and their selling tickets to assholes from the cesspool that is New York/New Jersey. THIS is why I witnessed an audible "Here we go Giants" chant in the 4th quarter for the first time ever by an opponent fan base. And THAT is now why the Giants are making a rapid ascent up my personal hatred list.
I'm curious, what does your "Loathing List" look like? (Personally, the Ravens can get fucked at the pole position on mine)
Leave'em in the comments...