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1500 Miles to Graceland pt. 2

It’s game-day! I felt like it was Sunday when I woke up. You know that feeling you get when your team has a big game and you wake up thinking about it? The last thing on your mind when you go to sleep is that game, and consequently, the first thing you think about in the morning is the same showdown. It didn’t help that when I opened the blinds I got a good look at Texas Stadium.

I had to do something to cool my jets so my brother and I took a trip to the aquarium in Dallas and then walked around the Historic West End and all around downtown. That didn’t do much to assuage the excitement because, unlike where I’m from, EVERYONE is suited up with Cowboys gear and is talking about the game.

You see, I live in central Jersey and the sports breakdown is as such: if you live north of me then you like New York teams such as Giants/Jets, Mets/Yankees, and Knicks. If you live in the southern end of NJ then you think that you’re in a suburb of Philadelphia. Imagine my disgust at the sports bars in that area. The walls are emblazoned with Eagles and Phillies paraphernalia. The highways have Ryan Howard and Jon Runyan billboards everywhere you look. The badwagonism is so deep that the only sports team that calls New Jersey home, the Devils, is not even the most popular hockey team in the state.

All that is said to say this: I feel like I’m home when anyone can have a conversation about the big game and they are all on your side. This morning I had a conversation with the taxi driver on the way to the aquarium that surprised me. The cabbies in NY and NJ only want to know where you are going and that’s it. They don’t know anything about the area. In fact, most of them don’t even know English very well. So imagine my surprise when the driver that picked me up from the hotel rattled off stats from the last Cowboys/Eagles showdown and said that he thinks the biggest challenge of tonight will be handling the Philly blitz packages

As a Yankee-Hater, I went to Boston and didn’t feel as comfortable as I do in Dallas (you’d be surprised at how many Yankee fans are in New England).

It’s about to be time for the tailgate party. I will be donning my outdated Roy Williams jersey (#31) and do some fellowshipping with other fans of America’s Team. Make sure you catch the game tonight. It’s bound to be a knock-down, drag out battle. Hopefully, Tank Johnson and Demarcus Ware will be doing the knocking down and Eagles fans will be dragging out their jerseys.

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