My daughter likes to write. Obviously, this makes me happy. I’m a writer, and whether or not she follows my path, I want her to share in my love of words and language. The important part is that she likes to write.
Writing is a challenge for her. Not because she lacks words. She loves to read and has a big vocabulary for a child her age. It’s a challenge because she struggles to write clearly. And for a while, the struggle discouraged her.
She doesn’t just write for herself now. She writes for us too. A few weeks ago, when her favorite football team—the Seattle Seahawks, were playing Julia’s favorite team—the New Orleans Saints—in the NFC playoffs, Anna walked up to Julia’s desk and dropped off a note.
A short note, but a big deal for Anna.
“Who wrote this?” Julia asked.
“I don’t know.” Anna replied.
“Well who else calls me ‘Mom’?”
A few minutes later, Anna returned with a second note.
Dear Anna’s Mom,
Seahawks will win!
Since then, she’s been writing a lot more. Little notes for us. Schedules for her day. Even a song for her make-believe dog Betty.
Howloooo howooool oooooo howlooo!
Little things, but she’s using her imagination. As as her handwriting and typing both improve, she’s sure to discover the limitless possibilities of her own words.
I can’t wait.
Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks. My daughter’s favorite NFL team are World Champions! Now on to a post-Super-Bowl best (and worst) of the week.
Biggest Blowout. “Breaking Madden: The Super Bowl in which the machine bleeds to death” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.
For this, the season finale of Breaking Madden, there will be bitter cold and heavy snowfall. There will also be, Lord willing, the most one-sided result in the history of sports. In the greatest American football rout of historical record, Georgia Tech beat Cumberland College, 222-0. I want to multiply that. I want a thousand points in one game.
This is how we’re going to try.
The Match Up?
“…the machine bled to death.”
And you thought yesterday’s game was bad. Now on to some good stuff …
Best Story. “Of Clouds, Quiet Tears, and Sunrise” by Ashley Larkin at Draw Near.
Best Article. “Rise of the Lean Artist—the Birth of Musician 2.0” by Michael Cheng at Medium.
Best List. “The 23 People You Meet at Every Super Bowl Party” by Spencer Hall at SB Nation.
Best Cause. “Saint G.K. Chesterton” by Dale Ahlquist at Catholic Exchange.
Best Parenting Post. “Having a Son Has Ruined Football for Me” by Scott Benner at Huff Post Parents.
Best Question. “Who is My Digital Neighbor?” by Stephen Okey at Millennial.
Best Poem. “Final Request” by John at The Beautiful Due.
Best Video. “Johnny T’s Guide to Attending the Super Bowl” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).
“So you see a Jets fan, you be nice! You say ‘I’m sorry … that you’re a Jets fan.'”
Anna is a Seattle Seahawks fan, and I am coming to terms with it.
They are the “local” team, so she’s not jumping on a bandwagon. And they are going to the Super Bowl for only the second time in their history. Win or lose, their success at this early point in her life will probably make her a fan for life.
I know. My passion for my favorite team is rooted in a Super Bowl appearance. It was January 14, 1973. I was seven years old (only a year younger than Anna is now) and was living in the D.C. suburbs when the Washington Redskins faced the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VII.
Two weeks earlier, the Redskins had beaten their greatest rivals, the Dallas Cowboys, in the NFC Championship game at RFK Stadium. Even though the Redskins were the home team and the NFC East Champion that year, the Cowboys were expected to win. They were the popular bandwagon team with two Super Bowl appearances, a Super Bowl Championship, and a winning legacy behind them. That game was my first definite memory of a Redskins’ triumph and still one of my all-time favorite games.
The regular season is over and it’s time for the NFL’s second season: the playoffs.
In the AFC, I am tempted to pick the Chargers to go all the way. Like the Ravens in 2012, Giants in 2011, and Packers in 2012, the Chargers played the Eagles in Philly’s home opener and lost to the Redskins. It seems like fate. But my gut still tells me that this is Denver’s year.
Chargers (6) at Bengals (3): Chargers
Chiefs (5) at Colts (4): Colts
Colts (4) at Patriots (2): Colts
Chargers (6) at Broncos (1): Broncos
Colts (4) at Broncos (1): Broncos
In the NFC, home-field advantage for Seattle isn’t quite as lock-solid as it seemed before their home loss to Arizona in Week 16. But I don’t see them losing another home game in the playoffs. Their first game against San Francisco will be a close one, but I think they’ll pull it out and then roll from there.
Saints (6) at Eagles (3): Eagles
49ers (5) at Packers (4): 49ers
Eagles (3) at Panthers (2): Panthers
49ers (5) at Seahawks (1): Seahawks
Panthers (2) at Seahawks (1): Seahawks
Which brings us to Super Bowl XLVIII at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey.
(New … Fricking … Jersey?! I can’t get past this.)
With a rare match-up of number-one playoff seeds.
The Seattle Seahawks vs. The Denver Broncos.
And the winner is.
That’s my prediction. And since I’m always wrong, I expect the Chargers to go all the way.
San Diego SOOP-er Chargers!!!