Much to my surprise, and perhaps a bit to my horror too, I have grown to like football.
New Yorkers seem almost duty-bound to be loyal to the Giants and the Jets but, to me, those are New Jersey teams. "My" team is the New England Patriots. I admire their style, for the most part, and have enjoyed watching them kick butt on the field for the past couple of years.
Little did I know that this year, as the Patriots head to the SuperBowl to tackle New York's Giants early next month, there would be another quality to endear me to the Patriots. One of their newer players, Kelley Washington, acquired from the Cincinnati Bengals, does a touchdown dance called "The Squirrel."
You may (or may not) remember the squirrel who graced Yankee Stadium last year, and who antics found their way into the media and a couple of my posts here on this blog. I dislike baseball intensely but this Yankee squirrel actually added some real interest in the game, albeit temporarily. This squirrel did not dance, but he sure showed style sitting atop a pole on the playing field.
Now we have the football "Squirrel" - a lively victory dance Washington made up and then made famous while still playing in Ohio. The Patriots have scored quite a few touchdowns this year but Washington has kept his dance squirreled away.
Here's hoping we see some fancy footwork next month in the end zone by Washington's teammates. I'd sure love for the Arizona game to become a victorious "Squirrel Bowl."