I really dislike the Jets. Like, a lot. But watching the Indy/Jets game I found it impossible to not root for Braylon. Sick move, great TD catch. I (obviously) want him to be as successful as possible. Where should the loyalty lie? Is it like fantasy football? Want the team to lose but the player to put up huge stats? I almost found myself pulling for the Jets because of Braylon. In fairness, I really dislike the Colts too...
OT - NFL rooting interest: team vs Michigan alum
It was tough to choose based on UM allegiance, because both teams have two Michigan guys - Jackson and Hart for Indy, and Edwards and Harris for the Jets. But then I realized that I hate the Jets, so I rooted for the Colts, despite the fact that Jackson is injured and Hart doesn't play much. Hey, at least they'll still get rings if they win the Super Bowl...
Jay Feely is a Michigan Man.
I just felt bad that he shanked 3 kicks!
Very true - I was thinking less about Hart and Marlin less than Harris and Braylon simply because of who was on the field more.
My friends and I have a name for these types of games: Meteor Games. Where the only thing you want is for a meteor to hit the stadium and blow up both teams. The phrase was coined for that horrendous ND/OSU Fiesta Bowl.
So you equate watching Hart/Jackson v. Edwards/Harris to watching ND v. OSU??
And frankly, none of you should be rooting for Peyton Manning, so this was an easy choice - root for the Jets. Damn.
No no no - I'm a Pats fan. The Colts and the Jets are probably my 2 least favorite teams. That comment had nothing to do w/ the relevant Michigan players.
But, especially as a Pats fan, I think you should be rooting against Manning. The Jets are obviously much less of a threat to the Pats than the Colts are.
By the way, what do you expect from the Pats next season? They have the Raiders pick this year (I think) and might be able to add some decent free agent talent.
Any chance Richard Seymor goes back to Boston?
I always root against Peyton. Starting from his Tenn days. And clearly the Colts are going to be more of a threat than the Jets. But it's hard not to root against NY teams when you're from Boston. Hence, the meteor game.
I think the Pats will be fine next year. The D will get some maturity (will be interesting to see who next DC is though)
And they have tons of 2nd round picks this year (the Raiders pick is for the '11 draft) If healthy, they can beat the Colts.
Seymour will not be coming back. He's going for a big time contract and the Pats have zero interest in paying that.
I generally loathe the Colts, but when Hart got into the game at running back against the Ravens week before last, I instantly switched over to rooting for the Colts in that game.
I'm hoping the Pats use one of their later second round picks (they have three) to trade up in the first round to get Brandon Graham. They could use him.
When it comes down to teams that I hate with Michigan alums, I'll root for the player to have a great game but for the team to lose, hopefully because a player that I hate (like an OSU alum) fumbles the ball or has a terrible penalty. Then, I don't have to feel bad that "my player" lost since it obviously wasn't his fault.
Thus, yesterday I rooted for the Colts and for Braylon to make good grabs but hoped that Mark Sanchez would be sacked into oblivion and fumble the ball often.
Essentially, root for the players like in Fantasy Football but root for whatever team you like more.
I just couldn't fathom watching the Jets in the Superbowl. I want to see two top quarterbacks going after the prize. Hopefully it will be a shootout.
I know this isn't directly Alum related but I was a little intrigued by the Favre/Manning showdown.
Now I will also say, I am happy we don't have to hear about Favre for the next two weeks.
now we will hear about Peyton vs. Archie's old team...
Archie/Peyton > Brett Favre any day of the week.
Hell, Anything > Brett Favre in this day and age.
You're right. I forgot about Feely. I guess I should have been rooting for the Jets.
But fuck Rex Ryan.
Alums on the team get thrown into the mix with everything else when it comes to my rooting interests in the game. Rarely the deciding factor. For example, the Vikings could be comprised of 100% Michigan and UVA grads plus Brett Favre and I would not have been rooting for them.
I always root for the team. If a UM alum is playing against my rooting interest, I hope they have a great game individually, but lose.
My sentiments exactly. Players come and go, but the team lives on. What do you do when someone is traded, get a new team to love?
You wish the players well, do what you need to do to have a good showing, but football is about the team.
It's always about the team, the team, the team...
It's tough to just root for one player and justify an entire team winning based off that.
However, I personally enjoy watching every Michigan alum have some individual success and hope they all have long fulfilling careers. I will always pick a team, and in the case of yesterday I rooted for the Colts and Vikings.
If I don't have a rooting interest, I usually go with either
A.) Which team has more Michigan alumni players on it
B.) If both teams have Michigan alumni players, the team with the players that have the more prominent roll.
Caveat - if I really hate the team, I hope our guys do well, but lose the game. This only applies to teams that I despise such as both NY teams
Like for the Colts Saints Superbowl
We have - Marlin Jackson (on IR) and Mike Hart of the Colts vs. Jonathan Goodwin and Adrian Arrington of the Saints
Marlin and Goodwin are both starters for their respective teams, but because Marlin is out, I will likely be rooting for the saints. Hart and Arrington are backups so they both cancel each other out, although I suppose Hart gets more time. Oh and Peyton Manning annoys me.
As far as the Super Bowl, I think I'm Saints all the way for the following reasons: Love and hope for the city of New Orleans, disliking Peyton, and above all else seeing midget quarterbacks with truckloads of moxie playing with the big boys gives me hope for Tate's future.
the whole city is hungover
My feelings about an NFL team trump what U-M players might be on it. Like others, I like to see them make plays, but hope their team loses.
Meteor game, indeed - I hate the Colts, but I really hate the Jets.
Neutral about the Saints, so I can actually root for them.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
I hate Manning and the Colts but I'm rooting for them because no one deserves to be a champion more than Mike Hart.