Who do I call to see if hell has frozen over? I ask because, something is up in the universe when I, Amreen Omar, watch a live sporting event from start to finish…and enjoy it! I watched the Superbowl with my husband last night, and had a blast! I mean, I’ve watched sports on TV with him before, but always with a bored look on my face and a magazine in hand, if you know what I mean.
I think what was different about last night’s game was that the personalities were incredibly compelling, Shakespearean even: We had Tom Brady, the stoic champion – the knight – there to protect the honour of his team. Shot after shot of his furrowed brow, hands on hips – was there not something heroic about his stance?
To top it off, he had his beautiful princess, Gisele, waiting in the wings, watching with bated breath as her hero faced battle. The drama, I love it!
Next, we have Eli Manning, the younger brother to Peyton Manning – football’s golden guy. Now, Eli has a good rep, but has always paled in comparison to his brother’s legendary achievements: the team for which he is quarterback, the Indianapolis Colts, won the Superbowl in 2006 and he was MVP. With Peyton in the box cheering him on, Eli defined his place in history and in his family, carrying his team to victory last night. The look on Peyton’s face when his brother’s team won was so full of happiness and brotherly love, it almost brought me to tears.
Finally, we have David Tyree (by the way, other than Tom Brady, I had no knowledge of these people prior to yesterday. I only know Brady because he is dating a supermodel. My husband had a running commentary going throughout the game to keep me engaged – it worked.), the Giants player who embedded his name in sports legend last night with that amazing catch. I don’t know much about him, but I have no doubt that it must have felt pretty darn great to have that ball in hand.
So, who knows what can happen now. If I can watch sports and enjoy it, maybe I could climb a mountain, run a marathon or write a novel. Each of the forementioned had as much a likelihood of occurrence as me enjoying the Superbowl to that extent. Go figure, I thought I knew myself!